: to cause irritation or annoyance to
- It's a conundrum for any playwright: How do you enliven characters who alternately bore and exasperate each other?
- —Michael Phillips
- It's a demanding dining experience that may exhaust and exasperate some customers …
- —Thomas Matthews
- … they are just like any brothers who love and exasperate each other in equal measure …
- —Allison Glock
: to excite the anger of : enrage
- She did show favour to the youth in your sight only to exasperate you, to awake your dormouse valour, to put fire in your heart and brimstone in your liver.
- —William Shakespeare
- … no doubt he thought that such rigorous discipline as that might exasperate five hundred emigrants into an insurrection.
- —Herman Melville
: to make more grievous : aggravate