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aggravateverb [T]

 us   /ˈæɡ·rəˌveɪt/
  • aggravate verb [T] (MAKE WORSE)

to make something ​badworse: Road ​repairwork has aggravated the ​problem of ​trafficcongestion.
  • 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  us   /ˈæɡ·rəˌveɪ·t̬ɪŋ/
infml It’s so aggravating to have an ​injury like that, when you can’t ​lift anything or ​bend down and ​tieyourshoelaces.
aggravation
noun [U]  us   /ˌæɡ·rəˈveɪ·ʃən/
infml I won’t ​botherreturning it – it isn’t ​worth the aggravation.
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