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English definition of “aggravate”

aggravate

verb [T] (MAKE WORSE)    /ˈæɡ.rə.veɪt/
to make a bad situation worse: Attempts to restrict parking in the city centre have further aggravated the problem of traffic congestion.Deteriorating and making worse to make a disease worse: The treatment only aggravated the condition.Deteriorating and making worse
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