verb (used with object), ag·gra·vat·ed, ag·gra·vat·ing.
Origin of aggravate
SYNONYMS FOR aggravate
Can be confusedaggravate annoy irritateaggravate intensify worsen (see synonym study at the current entry)
Examples from the Web for aggravate
This, in turn, serves to amplify and aggravate differences of interest and power among the competing national groups.
The adversaries of the bill seized this opportunity to aggravate the apprehensions of the public.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II.|Tobias Smollett
And Armine said it would be breaking the Third Commandment, which was the very way to aggravate them most.Magnum Bonum|Charlotte M. Yonge
But this reflection might, perhaps, aggravate a disappointment.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. I (of 9)|Thomas Jefferson
Ye'll no' be forgetting our suspicions and judgments; and here is another circumstance to augment and aggravate them all.The Pathfinder|James Fenimore Cooper
To aggravate this disaster, a curious sight was seen a fortnight after the fall of the Peñon.The Story of the Barbary Corsairs|Stanley Lane-Poole