What does aggravate mean?

Definitions for aggravate
ˈæg rəˌveɪtag·gra·vate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. worsen, aggravate, exacerbate, exasperateverb

    make worse

    "This drug aggravates the pain"

  2. exacerbate, exasperate, aggravateverb

    exasperate or irritate


  1. aggravateverb

    To make worse, or more severe; to render less tolerable or less excusable; to make more offensive; to enhance; to intensify.

  2. aggravateverb

    To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate; as, to aggravate circumstances. William Paley.

  3. aggravateverb

    To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate.

    If both were to aggravate her parents, as my brother and sister do mine. Samuel Richardson Clarissa.

  4. Etymology: From aggravatus, past participle of aggravare, from ad + gravare, from gravis. See grave and compare aggrieve and aggredge.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To AGGRAVATEverb

    Etymology: aggravo, Lat.

    A grove hard by, sprung up with this their change,
    His will who reigns above! to aggravate
    Their penance, laden with fruit, like that
    Which grew in paradise, the bait of Eve
    Us’d by the tempter. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x.

    Ambitious Turnus in the press appears,
    And aggravating crimes augment their fears. John Dryden, Æneid.

    This offence, in itself so heinous, was yet in him aggravated by the motive thereof, which was not malice or discontent, but an aspiring mind to the papacy. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.


  1. aggravate

    To aggravate is to make a situation or condition worse or more serious. It can also mean to annoy or provoke someone to anger or displeasure.

  2. aggravate

    To aggravate means to make a problem, injury, or offense more serious or severe. It can also mean to annoy or exasperate someone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aggravateverb

    to make heavy or heavier; to add to; to increase

  2. Aggravateverb

    to make worse, or more severe; to render less tolerable or less excusable; to make more offensive; to enhance; to intensify

  3. Aggravateverb

    to give coloring to in description; to exaggerate; as, to aggravate circumstances

  4. Aggravateverb

    to exasperate; to provoke; to irritate

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Aggravate

    ag′grav-āt, v.t. to make worse: to provoke.—adj. Ag′gravating.—adv. Ag′gravatingly.—n. Aggravā′tion, a making worse: any quality or circumstance which makes a thing worse: an exaggeration. [L. aggravāread, to, gravis, heavy. See Grave.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aggravate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aggravate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of aggravate in a Sentence

  1. Pope Francis:

    A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system, humanity is called to recognise the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it.

  2. Nguyen Truong Son:

    We've seen a surge in people jailed in relation to Facebook activity, something the new cybersecurity law will only aggravate.

  3. Ahmed Al-Qureshi:

    What could aggravate the problem even more is the complete halt of the education process in Yemen's most populous areas, which will lead boys to go to battle as child soldiers and girls to early marriages.

  4. Jacob Zuma:

    They sang provocative songs and made inflammatory remarks which tended to aggravate an already volatile situation.

  5. Carsten Brzeski:

    Globally, a surge in commodity prices will aggravate already existing inflationary pressures.

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