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aggravate

ag·gra·vate

aggravate

 
 
pronunciation:
ae gr veIt
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: aggravated, aggravates, aggravating
definition 1: to make worse.
Her illness was aggravated by lack of sleep.
synonyms:
exacerbate, worsen
antonyms:
allay, alleviate, appease, assuage, ease, heal, mitigate, moderate, quell, relieve, soothe
similar words:
deepen, exasperate, heighten, increase, intensify
definition 2: (informal) to annoy or bother.
He was aggravated by his inability to find the right word.
synonyms:
annoy, bother, exasperate, irritate, nettle, peeve, rile, tee off, vex
antonyms:
appease, please, soothe
similar words:
bug, chafe, disturb, gall, hassle, irk, miff, pester, rankle, ruffle
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derivations: aggravatingly (adv.), aggravator (n.)
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