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Definition of the verb aggravate
What does aggravate mean as a doing word?
verb - inflections: aggravated | aggravating | aggravates
- make worse
- example: This drug aggravates the pain
- lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
- synonyms of aggravate: exacerbate / exasperate / worsen
- more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
- more specific words:
- exasperate or irritate
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula [Cause] [Verb] The clown amused [Cause] [Verb] [Experiencer] The clown amused the children [Cause] [Verb] [Experiencer] [Adjective] That movie bored me silly [Cause] [Verb] [Experiencer] with [Oblique] The clown amused the children with his antics [Cause, genitive]'s [Oblique] [Verb] [Experiencer] The clown's antics amused the children [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Adverb] Little children amuse easily
Verbs of Psychological State (with the same syntax): abash, affect, afflict, affront, aggrieve, agitate, agonize, alarm, alienate, amaze, amuse, anger, annoy, antagonize, appall, appease, arouse, assuage, astonish, astound, awe, baffle, befuddle, beguile, bewilder, bewitch, boggle, bore, bother, bug, calm, captivate, chagrin, charm, cheer, chill, comfort, concern, confound, confuse, console, content, convince, cow, crush, cut, daunt, daze, dazzle, deject, delight, demolish, demoralize, depress, devastate, disappoint, disarm, discombobulate, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, discourage, disgrace, disgruntle, disgust, dishearten, disillusion, dismay, dispirit, displease, disquiet, dissatisfy, distract, distress, disturb, divert, dumbfound, elate, electrify, embarrass, embolden, enchant, encourage, enervate, engage, engross, enlighten, enliven, enrage, enrapture, entertain, enthrall, enthuse, entice, entrance, exasperate, excite, exhaust, exhilarate, fascinate, fatigue, faze, flabbergast, flatter, floor, fluster, frighten, frustrate, gall, galvanize, gladden, gratify, grieve, harass, harm, haunt, hearten, horrify, humble, humiliate, hurt, hypnotize, impair, impress, incense, inflame, infuriate, inspire, insult, interest, intimidate, intoxicate, intrigue, invigorate, irk, irritate, jade, jar, jollify, jolt, lull, madden, menace, mesmerize, miff, molest, mollify, mortify, move, muddle, mystify, nauseate, nettle, numb, obsess, occupy, offend, outrage, overawe, overwhelm, pacify, pain, peeve, perplex, perturb, pester, pique, placate, plague, please, preoccupy, provoke, puzzle, quench, rankle, ravish, reassure, recharge, refresh, rejuvenate, relax, relieve, repel, repulse, revitalize, revolt, rile, roil, ruffle, sadden, satiate, satisfy, scandalize, scare, shake, shame, shock, sicken, sober, solace, soothe, spellbind, spook, stagger, startle, stimulate, sting, stir, strike, stump, stun, stupefy, surprise, tantalize, taunt, tease, tempt, terrify, terrorize, threaten, thrill, throw, tickle, tire, titillate, torment, torture, touch, transfix, transport, trouble, try, unnerve, unsettle, uplift, upset, vex, weary, worry, wound, wow.
- lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
- synonyms of aggravate: exacerbate / exasperate
- more generic word: anger = make angry
Alternative definition of the verb aggravate
- To make worse, or more severe; to render less tolerable or less excusable; to make more offensive; to enhance; to intensify.
- To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate; as, to 'aggravate' circumstances. — William Paley.
- [context: formerly colloquial and proscribed] To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate.
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for aggravate
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by Sinha Nishit K
Alleviate means to make the things more bearable, aggravate means to worsen. 10. Callous means insensitive, so sensitive is the ...
A Compendium of Mistakes in Grammar, Usage, and Spelling with Commentary on Lexicographers and Linguists by Robert Hartwell Fiske
aggravate Misused for annoy (or similar words). ° What is most needed from us, instead, may be the simple quality of steadfastness—the persistent, openhearted willingness to simply hang in there ...
The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: The Century dictionary ... prepared under the superintendence of William Dwight Whitney (1903)
aggrava-re (see aggravate) + E. -bić Tending to aggravate; aggravating. This idolatry is the more discernible and aggravable in the invocation of saints and idols, Dr. H. More, Antidote against Idolatry, ii. aggravate (ag'ra-vät), v. t.; pret. and ...
A Work of Universal Reference in All Departments of Knowledge, with a New Atlas of the World by William Dwight Whitney
aggraca-rc (see aggravate) + E. -ble.j Tending to aggravate; aggravating. This idolatry is the more discernible and aggravach in the invocation oi saints and idols. Dr. II. More, Antidote against Idolatry, ii. aggravate (ag'rg-vat), c. L; pret. and ...
How to Say it and Write it Correctly Now: The Ultimate Reference Book, Containing Practical Grammar, Punctuation, & Spelling Rules, Homonyms, Medical Terms, Layperson's Legal Dictionary, Major Art Terms -- And More! (2005)
by Santo J. Aurelio
The Ayurveda Encyclopedia (2007)
Natural Secrets to Healing, Prevention, and Longevity by Swami Sadashiva Tirtha
Substances alleviate doßhas, aggravate doßhas, or maintain health. When health is at least slightly in balance, persons are advised to ...
by Bill Bryson
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 ...
Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference
* To AGGRAVATE. v. a. saggravo, Lat.
The Dimwit's Dictionary (2002)
5,000 Overused Words and Phrases and Alternatives to Them by Robert Hartwell Fiske
aggravate. Solecistic for annoy (or similar words). □ What is most needed from us, instead, may be the simple quality of steadfastness — the persistent, open-hearted ...
by Saligrama Krishna Ramachandra Rao
Chirapota Synonyms: Dïrghapaträ, Kuntalï, Tiktakä, Parpotï Raktahantrï, JvarakärinL Medicinal Action: Guna : Dry Vïrya : Cold The ripe fruits aggravate kapha and pitta, are purgative, and beneficial in dyspnoea and cough and cause fever.
The Classic First Edition by H. W. Fowler
aggravate, aggravation. 1. The use of these in the sense annoy, vex, annoyance, vexation, should be left to the uneducated. It is for the most part a feminine or childish colloquialism, but intrudes occasionally into ...
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Scrabble value of A1G2G2R1A1V4A1T1E1
The value of this 9-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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