Definition of aggravate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    aggravate

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈæɡrəveɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæɡrəveɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they aggravate
    BrE BrE//ˈæɡrəveɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæɡrəveɪt//
     
    he / she / it aggravates
    BrE BrE//ˈæɡrəveɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæɡrəveɪts//
     
    past simple aggravated
    BrE BrE//ˈæɡrəveɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæɡrəveɪtɪd//
     
    past participle aggravated
    BrE BrE//ˈæɡrəveɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæɡrəveɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form aggravating
    BrE BrE//ˈæɡrəveɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæɡrəveɪtɪŋ//
     
    Being ill
     
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  1. 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. See related entries: Being ill
  2. 2aggravate somebody (informal) to annoy somebody, especially deliberately synonym irritate
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin aggravat- ‘made heavy’, from the verb aggravare, from ad- (expressing increase) + gravis ‘heavy’.Extra examples The government’s actions will only aggravate the problem. Their negative reactions have greatly aggravated the situation. He aggravated an old shoulder injury during the win against Chelsea.
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