Meaning of “aggravate” in the English Dictionary

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aggravateverb [ T ]

us /ˈæɡ·rəˌveɪt/

aggravate verb [ T ] (MAKE WORSE)

to make something bad worse:

Road repair work has aggravated the problem of traffic congestion.

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.
adjective us /ˈæɡ·rəˌveɪ·t̬ɪŋ/


It’s so aggravating to have an injury like that, when you can’t lift anything or bend down and tie your shoelaces.
noun [ U ] us /ˌæɡ·rəˈveɪ·ʃən/


I won’t bother returning it – it isn’t worth the aggravation.

(Definition of “aggravate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)