The child's whining aggravated me.
Aggravate political tensions; aggravate a medical condition.
An example of aggravate is a brother who won't stop teasing his younger sibling.
An example of aggravate is to constantly pick at a wound and not allow it to heal.
To aggravate my woes. —Alexander Pope.
To aggravate the horrors of the scene. —William H. Prescott.
The defense made by the prisoner's counsel did rather aggravate than extenuate his crime. —Addison.
Origin of aggravate
- Latin aggravāre aggravāt- ad- ad- gravāre to burden (from gravis heavy gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition