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aggravate

[ ag-ruh-veyt ]
/ 藞忙g r蓹藢ve瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ag路gra路vat路ed, ag路gra路vat路ing.
to make worse or more severe; intensify, as anything evil, disorderly, or troublesome: to aggravate a grievance; to aggravate an illness.
to annoy; irritate; exasperate: His questions aggravate her.
to cause to become irritated or inflamed: The child's constant scratching aggravated the rash.
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Origin of aggravate

1425鈥75; late Middle English <Latin aggrav膩tus (past participle of aggrav膩re), equivalent to ag-ag- + grav- (see grave2) + -膩tus-ate1; cf. aggrieve

synonym study for aggravate

1. Aggravate, intensify both mean to increase in degree. To aggravate is to make more serious or more grave: to aggravate a danger, an offense, a wound. To intensify is perceptibly to increase intensity, force, energy, vividness, etc.: to intensify heat, color, rage.

usage note for aggravate

The two most common senses of aggravate are 鈥渢o make worse鈥 and 鈥渢o annoy or exasperate.鈥 Both senses first appeared in the early 17th century at almost the same time; the corresponding two senses of the noun aggravation also appeared then. Both senses of aggravate and aggravation have been standard since then. The use of aggravate to mean 鈥渁nnoy鈥 is sometimes objected to because it departs from the etymological meaning 鈥渢o make heavier,鈥 and in formal speech and writing the sense 鈥渁nnoy鈥 is somewhat less frequent than 鈥渢o make worse.鈥 The noun aggravation meaning 鈥渁nnoyance鈥 occurs in all types of speech and writing.

OTHER WORDS FROM aggravate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH aggravate

1. aggravate , annoy, irritate2. aggravate , intensify, worsen (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for aggravate

aggravate
/ (藞忙伞r蓹藢ve瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to make (a disease, situation, problem, etc) worse or more severe
informal to annoy; exasperate, esp by deliberate and persistent goading

Derived forms of aggravate

aggravating, adjectiveaggravation, noun

Word Origin for aggravate

C16: from Latin aggrav膩re to make heavier, from gravis heavy
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