aggravate

  • 1 Aggravate — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 aggravate — ag·gra·vate / a grə ˌvāt/ vt vat·ed, vat·ing: to make more serious, more severe, or worse maliciousness aggravated the offense aggravated her preexisting condition aggravating factors compare …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 aggravate — (v.) 1520s, make heavy, burden down, from pp. adjective aggravate burdened; threatened (late 15c.), from L. aggravatus, pp. of aggravare to render more troublesome, lit. to make heavy (see AGGRAVATION (Cf. aggravation)). Earlier in this sense was …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 aggravate — The meaning ‘to annoy or exasperate’ has existed in good sources since the early 17c; despite this, Fowler (1926) recommended that it ‘should be left to the uneducated’. The dominance of the current sense has not put paid to the original meaning …

    Modern English usage

  • 5 aggravate — [v1] annoy be at*, be on the back of*, bother, bug, bum*, dog, drive up the wall*, exasperate, gall, get, get on one’s nerves, get to, give a hard time, grate, hack, irk, irritate, nag, needle, nettle, peeve, pester, pick on, pique, provoke,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 aggravate — ► VERB 1) make worse. 2) informal annoy or exasperate. DERIVATIVES aggravating adjective aggravation noun. USAGE Aggravate in the sense ‘annoy or exasperate’ is in widespread use in modern English and dates back to the 17th century, but the use… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 aggravate — 1 heighten, *intensify, enhance Analogous words: magnify, aggrandize (see EXALT): augment, *increase, multiply, enlarge Antonyms: alleviate Contrasted words: lighten, mitigate, allay (see RELIEVE): *palliate, extenuate: lessen, reduce, diminish,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 aggravate — [ag′rə vāt΄] vt. aggravated, aggravating [< L aggravatus, pp. of aggravare, to make heavier < ad , to + gravis, heavy: see GRAVE1] 1. to make worse; make more burdensome, troublesome, etc. 2. Informal to exasperate; annoy; vex SYN.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 aggravate — verb 1) the new law could aggravate the situation Syn: worsen, make worse, exacerbate, inflame, compound; add fuel to the fire/flames, add insult to injury, rub salt in the wound Ant: alleviate, improve 2) informal you don …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 10 aggravate — aggravative, adj. aggravator, n. /ag reuh vayt /, v.t., aggravated, aggravating. 1. to make worse or more severe; intensify, as anything evil, disorderly, or troublesome: to aggravate a grievance; to aggravate an illness. 2. to annoy; irritate;… …

    Universalium

  • 11 aggravate — transitive verb ( vated; vating) Etymology: Latin aggravatus, past participle of aggravare to make heavier, from ad + gravare to burden, from gravis heavy more at grieve Date: 1530 1. obsolete a. to make heavy ; burden …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 aggravate — verb /ˈæɡ.rə.vet/ a) 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. b) To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate; as, to aggravate… …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 aggravate —    in the sense of exasperate has been with us at least since the early seventeenth century and has been opposed by grammarians for about as long. Strictly, aggravate means to make a bad situation worse. If you walk on a broken leg, you may… …

    Dictionary of troublesome word

  • 14 aggravate — [[t]æ̱grəveɪt[/t]] aggravates, aggravating, aggravated 1) VERB If someone or something aggravates a situation, they make it worse. [V n] Stress and lack of sleep can aggravate the situation... [V n] He would only aggravate the injury by rubbing… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 aggravate — verb 1) the new law could aggravate the situation Syn: worsen, make worse, exacerbate, inflame, compound 2) informal you ll only aggravate him! Syn: annoy, antagonize, irritate, exasperate, nett …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 16 aggravate — UK [ˈæɡrəveɪt] / US [ˈæɡrəˌveɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms aggravate : present tense I/you/we/they aggravate he/she/it aggravates present participle aggravating past tense aggravated past participle aggravated 1) to make something bad become… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 aggravate — /ˈægrəveɪt / (say agruhvayt) verb (t) (aggravated, aggravating) 1. to make worse or more severe; intensify, as anything evil, disorderly, or troublesome: *To aggravate the situation, the Asian immigrants were becoming numerous in many suburbs… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 aggravate — ag·gra·vate ag rə .vāt vt, vat·ed; vat·ing 1) to make worse, more serious, or more severe <movement may aggravate the pain> 2) to produce inflammation in: irritate <surgery aggravateed the nerve> …

    Medical dictionary

  • 19 aggravate — See aggravate, annoy, irritate …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 20 aggravate — verb ADVERB ▪ seriously, severely ▪ Their negative reactions have greatly aggravated the situation. ▪ slightly ▪ further Aggravate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ …

    Collocations dictionary