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Definition of aggravate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they aggravate
    he / she / it aggravates
    past simple aggravated
    -ing form aggravating
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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.
  2. 2aggravate somebody (informal) to annoy someone, especially deliberately synonym irritate
aggravating adjective
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aggravating circumstances/factors Her constant interruptions were very aggravating.
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noun [uncountable, countable] The drug may cause an aggravation of the condition. I don't need all this aggravation at work.
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