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The word ‘exacerbate’ is used to express deterioration or an increase in severity. In other words, making worse something that is already bad. It is typically used in relation to a problem, bad situation, or a negative feeling.
The new directives will only exacerbate the growing rift between upper management and the general staff.
The physio gave me some stretches to do for my injured back, but they only led to an exacerbation of symptoms.
Rather than alleviate the homelessness problem, I fear that the new law only exacerbates it.