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English definition of “aggravate”

aggravate

verb [T] uk   /ˈæɡ.rə.veɪt/ us  

aggravate verb [T] (MAKE WORSE)

to make a bad situation worse: Attempts to restrict parking in the city centre have further aggravated the problem of traffic congestion. to make a disease worse: The treatment only aggravated the condition.

aggravate verb [T] (ANNOY)

informal to annoy someone: Stop aggravating me, will you!
(Definition of aggravate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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