[ UK /ɛɡzˈæsəbˌe‍ɪt/ ]
[ US /ɪɡˈzæsɝˌbeɪt/ ]
  1. exasperate or irritate
  2. make worse
    This drug aggravates the pain
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How To Use exacerbate In A Sentence

  • In summary, Dr. Green, after studying and researching this question for over 20 years, it is my firm conviction that aspartame lowers seizure threshold, mimics or exacerbates a wide variety of neuropsychiatric disorders, contributes to the incidence of certain cancers, and because of it's impact on the hypothalamic "appestat" plays a significant role in the world-wide epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Psychiatry Professor informs Hawaii House Health Committee of Dangers of Aspartame, as Medical Professional
  • In chronic smoldering cases, inflammatory bowel disease can be misdiagnosed, and treatment with steroids only exacerbates the infection.
  • But, they add, the feminization of medicine is helping to lower physician salaries, encourage part-time doctoring and exacerbate a looming shortage of physicians.
  • But, it warned, such behaviour 'would exacerbate the effects of a subsequent snapback'. Times, Sunday Times
  • That will exacerbate China's need to increase its exports, said Cornell University economist Prasad.
  • The idea of our intelligence operation here is to make those situations safer, not to exacerbate them with thoughtlessness. THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS
  • Its traditional disadvantages of high entry costs leading to illiquidity have been exacerbated, making it more difficult, particularly for the smaller investor, to get a foot on the ladder.
  • These high elevation communities are naturally subject to increased atmospheric moisture, cooler temperatures, and higher winds, but also now suffer from the effects of acid rain deposition, which tend to be exacerbated in high elevation communities, and from the depredations of an introduced homopteran insect, the wooly adelgid (Adelges spp.). Appalachian-Blue Ridge forests
  • The girl's afore-mentioned burden - a phenomenon - had been perpetually exacerbated by Carl's boorish, bullying behaviour towards her.
  • The difference will be exacerbated because birds, the most well-represented endotherms in the analysis, demonstrate constrained phenological plasticity due to photoperiodic induction of gonad maturation and migration, especially for long-distance migrants. The Guardian World News
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