- 1aggravate something to make an illness or a bad or unpleasant situation worse synonym worsen Pollution can aggravate asthma. Military intervention will only aggravate the conflict even further.
- 2aggravate somebody (informal) to annoy someone, especially deliberately synonym irritate
NAmE//ˈæɡrəˌveɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they aggravate
he / she / it aggravates
past simple aggravated
-ing form aggravating
aggravating circumstances/factors Her constant interruptions were very aggravating.
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NAmE//ˌæɡrəˈveɪʃn//noun [uncountable, countable] The drug may cause an aggravation of the condition. I don't need all this aggravation at work.