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English definition of “aggravate”

aggravate

verb [T]  /ˈæɡ·rəˌveɪt/ us  

aggravate verb [T] (MAKE WORSE)

to make something bad worse: Road repair work has aggravated the problem of traffic congestion.

aggravate verb [T] (ANNOY)

infml to make someone feel very annoyed and upset: It really aggravates me when the car won’t start, after all the money we put into it.
aggravating
adjective  /ˈæɡ·rəˌveɪ·t̬ɪŋ/ us  
infml It’s so aggravating to have an injury like that, when you can’t lift anything or bend down and tie your shoelaces.
aggravation
noun [U]  /ˌæɡ·rəˈveɪ·ʃən/ us  
infml I won’t bother returning it – it isn’t worth the aggravation.
(Definition of aggravate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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