exacerbate exacerbate  /ɪɡ ˈzæ sər ˌbeɪt/


  1. (v) make worse
  2. (v) exasperate or irritate



  • He had given up eating in the jail in protest and on top of it the pitiful conditions in the jail exacerbated his already unstable condition.


  1. Free Care in Ka‘u

    Inside the Ocean View Community Center, it was not uncommon for the U.S. Navy dentist to work steadily for hours with little to no breaks, inspecting residents’ mouths and addressing dental problems that, if left untreated, could exacerbate a variety of health conditions, even lead to life-threatening situations. Meanwhile, military optometrists conducted vision screenings and wrote ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: West Hawaii Today

  2. Slidell officials say no drainage worries with Fremaux Town Center work

    Responding to the concerns of some residents that recent construction at the Fremaux Town Center retail area in Slidell will exacerbate drainage problems in the nearby Lakewood Subdivision, a group of Slidell city officials visited the construction site this week...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune


  1. "It would worsen a weak job market and exacerbate the financial crisis," Bush said. "It could send our suffering economy into a deeper and longer recession. And it would leave the next president to confront the demise of a major American...
    on Dec 19, 2008 By: President Bush Source: Winnipeg Sun

  2. "States across America are facing some real constraints on their budgets, and to exacerbate that to the tune of $13 billion for these Medicaid regulation changes is particularly inopportune right now," said Republican Gov. Jim Douglas of Vermont.
    on Feb 25, 2008 By: Jim Douglas Source: Washington Post

  3. "Everything I've heard and everything I know to be true leads me to believe that this increase at best won't change a thing, and at worst could exacerbate the situation even further," Skelton said. "The Iraqis need to understand that...
    on Dec 18, 2006 By: Ike Skelton Source: FOX News

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