Monday, November 24, 2008

What is "to exacebrate?

I'm reading a book and seeing the inflected verb exacebrated and wondered what it means. says:
To increase the severity, violence, or bitterness of; aggravate: a speech that exacerbated racial tensions; a heavy rainfall that exacerbated the flood problems.
Let's see some examples of using this verb in a sentence:
Global Warming to Exacerbate China's Water Crisis
Smoking may exacerbate the increased risk of a blood vessel bursting inside the brain (intracerebral stroke) already faced by people with high blood pressure
So we see that its meaning is to make things worse and move severe.

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