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English definition of “exacerbate”

exacerbate

verb [T]     /ɪɡˈzæs.ə.beɪt/ US  /-ɚ-/
to make something that is already bad even worse : This attack will exacerbate the already tense relations between the two communities .Deteriorating and making worse exacerbation     /ɪɡˌzæs.əˈbeɪ.ʃən/ US  /-ɚ-/ noun [U] Deteriorating and making worse
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