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Definition of the verb aggravate

What does aggravate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: aggravated | aggravating | aggravates

  1. 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:
  2. exasperate or irritate

Alternative definition of the verb aggravate


  1. To make worse, or more severe; to render less tolerable or less excusable; to make more offensive; to enhance; to intensify.
  2. To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate; as, to 'aggravate' circumstances. — William Paley.
  3. [context: formerly colloquial and proscribed] To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate.

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Google previewThe Pearson Complete Guide For The Cat (2011)

by Sinha Nishit K

Alleviate means to make the things more bearable, aggravate means to worsen. 10. Callous means insensitive, so sensitive is the ...

Google previewRobert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English (2011)

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 ...

Google previewThe 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 ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (1904)

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 ...

Google previewHow 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


Google previewThe 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 ...

Google previewBryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words (2002)

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 ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc (1816)

Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference

* To AGGRAVATE. v. a. saggravo, Lat.

Google previewThe 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 ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Indian Medicine (1985)

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.

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2010)

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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Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave. (Christian Nestell Bovee)
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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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