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    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg congratulated Liu, ignoring the possibility of exacerbating an already volatile situation with China over Lui's nomination and subsequent triumph.

    exacerbate = aggravate, deepen, strengthen, reinforce or embitter, aggravate, irritate, provoke

    The feverish symptoms disappear or remit soon to recur or exacerbate.

    exacerbate = escalate, intensify, deepen

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    Last edited by vil; 08-Oct-2010 at 19:51.

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    Re: exacerbate

    I believe that you are on target here with the exception of strengthen and possibly deepen.
    I would also add worsen.

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