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aggravation

noun uk   us   /ˌæɡ.rəˈveɪ.ʃən/

aggravation noun (TROUBLE)

[C or U] (UK also informal aggro [U]) trouble or difficulty: I've been getting a lot of aggravation at work recently. I don't need any more aggravation today. I'd complain to the manager but it's not worth the aggravation.

aggravation noun (MAKE WORSE)

[U] formal the act of making something such as a problem or injury worse: Rest the affected limb to avoid further aggravation of the condition.
Translations of “aggravation”
in Korean 악화…
in Arabic تَفاقُم…
in Portuguese agravamento…
in Catalan problemes…
in Japanese 問題, 悪化…
in Italian seccatura…
in Chinese (Traditional) 麻煩, 煩惱, 惱人的事…
in Chinese (Simplified) 麻烦, 烦恼, 恼人的事…
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