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aggravate

ag·gra·vate

aggravate

 
 
pronunciation:
ae gr veIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: aggravated, aggravates, aggravating
definition 1: to make worse.
She aggravated the pain in her knee by walking too soon after she got hurt.
antonyms:
appease, ease, heal, moderate, relieve, soothe
similar words:
deepen, heighten, increase, intensify
definition 2: (informal) to bother or annoy.
All of the noise on the playground aggravated me when I tried to read.
synonyms:
annoy, bother, exasperate, irritate
antonyms:
appease, please, soothe
similar words:
bug, disturb, hassle, pester, ruffle
derivations: aggravatingly (adv.), aggravator (n.)
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