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Synonyms for aggravate
ˈæg rəˌveɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. worsen, aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate(verb)

    make worse

    "This drug aggravates the pain"

    Synonyms:
    infuriate, incense, worsen, decline, exacerbate, exasperate

  2. exacerbate, exasperate, aggravate(verb)

    exasperate or irritate

    Synonyms:
    infuriate, incense, worsen, exacerbate, exasperate

Wiktionary

  1. aggravate(verb)

    Synonyms:
    provoke, intensify, heighten, increase, exaggerate, exasperate, magnify, irritate

  2. aggravate(verb)

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

    Synonyms:
    heighten, irritate, increase, magnify, exaggerate, intensify, provoke, exasperate

  3. aggravate(verb)

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

    Synonyms:
    exasperate, intensify, exaggerate, provoke, magnify, heighten, increase, irritate

  4. aggravate(verb)

    To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate.

    If both were to aggravate her parents, as my brother and sister do mine. — Samuel Richardson Clarissa.

    Synonyms:
    magnify, exasperate, irritate, provoke, intensify, exaggerate, heighten, increase

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. aggravate

    One may be annoyed by the well-meaning awkwardness of a servant, irritated by a tight shoe or a thoughtless remark, vexed at some careless neglect or needless misfortune, wounded by the ingratitude of child or friend. To tease is to give some slight and perhaps playful annoyance. Aggravate in the sense of offend is colloquial. To provoke, literally to call out or challenge, is to begin a contest; one provokes another to violence. To affront is to offer some defiant offense or indignity, as it were, to one's face; it is somewhat less than to insult. Compare PIQUE.

    Synonyms:
    affront, annoy, displease, exasperate, insult, irritate, offend, provoke, tease, vex, wound

    Antonyms:
    conciliate, content, gratify, honor, please

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. aggravate

    Synonyms:
    exasperate, provoke, wound, heighten, intensify, irritate, make worse, increase, enhance embitter, magnify

    Antonyms:
    soothe, conciliate, assuage, diminish, palliate, neutralize, soften, lessen, alleviate, attenuate, mitigate

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. aggravate(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    heighten (in evil), increase, make worse

  2. aggravate(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    exaggerate, overstate, magnify

  3. aggravate(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    [Of questionable propriety.] provoke, irritate, exasperate, enrage

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. aggravate(v)

    Synonyms:
    intensify, heighten, enhance, increase, exasperate, irritate, provoke

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "aggravate":

    exacerbate, worsen, compound, escalate, deepen, deteriorate, inflame

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How to use aggravate in a sentence?

  1. Jacob Zuma:

    They sang provocative songs and made inflammatory remarks which tended to aggravate an already volatile situation.

  2. Brian Gu:

    The difficulties that EV start-ups have encountered, such as the auto sales decline, harsh fundraising environment and subsidies reduction, all started last year, the outbreak will aggravate these issues that already had existed.

  3. Steve Lydon:

    Recognizing that the murder of George Floyd was likely to create particularly acute racialized trauma, I felt I had an immediate duty to protect and support employees who may have been traumatized and may have heightened ongoing trauma by having to deal with Derek Chauvins, out of care and concern, and without the comfort of time, I made the decision to limit exposure to employees of color to a murder suspect who could potentially aggravate those feelings.

  4. Nguyen Truong Son:

    We've seen a surge in people jailed in relation to Facebook activity, something the new cybersecurity law will only aggravate.

  5. Ahmed Al-Qureshi:

    What could aggravate the problem even more is the complete halt of the education process in Yemen's most populous areas, which will lead boys to go to battle as child soldiers and girls to early marriages.

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