Aggravate meaning

ăgrə-vāt
To annoy or exasperate.

The child's whining aggravated me.

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To make worse or more troublesome.

Aggravate political tensions; aggravate a medical condition.

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To make worse; make more burdensome, troublesome, etc.
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To exasperate; annoy; vex.
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The definition of aggravate means to make worse or to annoy.

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.

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To make worse, or more severe; to render less tolerable or less excusable; to make more offensive; to enhance; to intensify.

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.

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To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate; as, to aggravate circumstances. — William Paley.
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To exasperate; to provoke, to irritate.
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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

  • From Latin aggravatus, past participle of aggravare (“to add to the weight of, make worse, oppress, annoy”), from ad (“to”) + gravare (“to make heavy”), from gravis (“heavy”). See grave and compare aggrieve and aggredge.

    From Wiktionary