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Meaning of AGGRAVATE

Pronunciation:  'agru`veyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  make worse; "This drug aggravates the pain"
  2. [v]  exasperate or irritate
 

AGGRAVATE is a 9 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: exacerbate, exacerbate, exasperate, exasperate, worsen
 
 Antonyms: ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
 
 See Also: alter, anger, change, cheapen, degrade, inflame, irritate

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ag"gra*vate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Aggravated}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Aggravating}.] [L. aggravatus, p. p. of
aggravare. See {Aggrieve}.]
1. To make heavy or heavier; to add to; to increase. [Obs.]
   ``To aggravate thy store.'' --Shak.

2. To make worse, or more severe; to render less tolerable or
   less excusable; to make more offensive; to enhance; to
   intensify. ``To aggravate my woes.'' --Pope.

         To aggravate the horrors of the scene. --Prescott.

         The defense made by the prisoner's counsel did
         rather aggravate than extenuate his crime.
                                               --Addison.

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

4. To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate. [Colloq.]

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

Syn: To heighten; intensify; increase; magnify; exaggerate;
     provoke; irritate; exasperate.

 
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