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English definition of “aggravate”

aggravate

verb [T] (ANNOY)   /ˈæɡ·rəˌveɪt/ 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    /ˈæɡ·rəˌveɪ·t̬ɪŋ/ adjective 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    /ˌæɡ·rəˈveɪ·ʃən/ noun [U] infml I won’t bother returning it – it isn’t worth the aggravation.
(Definition of aggravate verb (ANNOY) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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