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Synonyms for aggravate
ˈæg rəˌveɪtag·gra·vate

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  1. aggravateverb

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

  2. aggravateverb

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

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

  3. aggravateverb

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

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

  4. aggravateverb

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. worsen, aggravate, exacerbate, exasperateverb

    make worse

    "This drug aggravates the pain"

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

  2. exacerbate, exasperate, aggravateverb

    exasperate or irritate

    Synonyms:
    infuriate, incense, worsen, exacerbate, exasperate

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. aggravateverb

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

  2. aggravateverb

    Synonyms:
    exaggerate, overstate, magnify

  3. aggravateverb

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. aggravateverb

    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. Carsten Brzeski:

    Globally, a surge in commodity prices will aggravate already existing inflationary pressures.

  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. Superintendent 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 Chauvin, 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. Barack Obama:

    Free riders aggravate me.

  5. 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.


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