To make worse, or more severe; to render less tolerable or less excusable; to make more offensive; to enhance; to intensify.
To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate; as, to aggravate circumstances. — William Paley.
To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate.
If both were to aggravate her parents, as my brother and sister do mine. — Samuel Richardson Clarissa.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
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How to use aggravate in a sentence?
Dust may aggravate existing heart and lung conditions and cause symptoms like eye irritation and cough, symptoms can occur for several days after dust is inhaled, so people with the chronic conditions need to be vigilant with their treatment programs.
We've seen a surge in people jailed in relation to Facebook activity, something the new cybersecurity law will only aggravate.
A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system, humanity is called to recognise the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it.
They were predicting they were going to win like four states, they won some caucus somewhere. What was it, Minnesota or something? That's really, that's...frankly it doesn't even aggravate me because it's silly.
It won't aggravate (the situation), it's complex anyway.
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- تزيد من حدةArabic
- ядосвам, влошавам, утежнявамBulgarian
- ärgern, verbittern, verschlimmern, erschwerenGerman
- agravar, exasperar, empeorar, irritarSpanish
- suututtaa, pahentaa, ärsyttääFinnish
- വഷളാക്കുക, ഊതിപ്പെരുപ്പിക്കുക, അലോസരപ്പെടുത്തുകMalayalam
- forverreNorwegian Nynorsk
- abusar, provocarPortuguese
- раздражать, усугублять, усложнятьRussian
- làm nặng thêmVietnamese
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