Meaning of exasperate

ex•as•per•ate

Pronunciation: (v.ig-zas'pu-rāt"adj.ig-zas'pur-it), [key]
— v., adj. -at•ed, -at•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to irritate or provoke to a high degree; annoy extremely: He was exasperated by the senseless delays.
  2. to increase the intensity or violence of (disease, pain, feelings, etc.).
—adj.
  1. rough; covered with hard, projecting points, as a leaf.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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