aggravate


aggravate

verb

Definition of AGGRAVATE

1
to disturb the peace of mind of (someone) especially by repeated disagreeable acts <it really aggravates me when I arrive 10 minutes before the stated closing time, and the store's closed already>
2
to make more severe <overheated rhetoric that only aggravated racial tension in the city>
Related Words amplify, deepen, intensify, magnify
Near Antonyms ameliorate, better, improve

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