Origin: Exacerbate is derived from Latin word exacerbat- “made harsh”, from the verb exacerbare, from ex- (expressing inducement of a state) + acerbus “harsh,

1. to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of (disease, ill feeling, etc.); aggravate.

2. to embitter the feelings of (a person); irritate; exasperate

To memorize the word exacerbate we can take the example of an exam hall, if in an Exam u keep your hand on your head[ie SAR(in hindi)/CER]…you wil WORSEN your paper…or we Can break the word in to ex+acerb+ate; imagine ‘ex’ from expand and acerb- means bitter, harsh; So exacerbate means to expand the bitterness so as to worsen

1. Please try to keep down the noise; it’s exacerbating my headache
2. Some people feel that higher divorce rates will exacerbate teenage behavioral problems
3. You should probably leave him alone for a while; you’ll only exacerbate his anger if you try to talk to him now.
4. Stress can exacerbate your ulcer, so try to relax and take it easy

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