Aggravate Definition

aggravated, aggravates, aggravating
aggravated, aggravates, aggravating
To make worse or more troublesome.
Aggravate political tensions; aggravate a medical condition.
American Heritage
To make worse; make more burdensome, troublesome, etc.
Webster's New World
To annoy or exasperate.
The child's whining aggravated me.
American Heritage
To exasperate; annoy; vex.
Webster's New World
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.

Origin of Aggravate

  • 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

  • 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

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