Definition of aggravate
- problems have been aggravated by neglect
- were aggravated by the noise and traffic
She aggravated an old knee injury.
They're afraid that we might aggravate an already bad situation.
A headache can be aggravated by too much exercise.
The symptoms were aggravated by drinking alcohol.
All of these delays really aggravate me.
Our neighbors were aggravated by all the noise.
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: to make (an injury, problem, etc.) more serious or severe
: to make (someone) angry : to annoy or bother (someone)
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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