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Definition of Aggravate


  1. To make heavy or heavier; to add to; to increase.
  2. To make worse, or more severe; to render less tolerable or less excusable; to make more offensive; to enhance; to intensify.
  3. To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate; as, to aggravate circumstances.
  4. To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate.

Aggravate Quotations

As a former football player who has carried a football more than 4,000 times, trust me, I did not go into ballroom dancing with my body being 100 percent, with no aches or pains or ailments coming with me. When you're dancing, you're doing stuff that your body's not used to, and so you start to aggravate those old injuries.
Emmitt Smith

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

What you feel spiritually. I think a lot of that has to do with it. If you have no spiritual life, chances are everything is going to aggravate you, you're going to fly off the handle at everything and that's what I did in the past. I've kind of got that under control now.
Mike Ditka

The widespread diffusion of nuclear weapons would make many nations able, and in some cases also create the pressure, to aggravate an on-going crisis, or even touch off a war between two other powers for purposes of their own.
Herman Kahn

But let us not too hastily triumph in the shame of Sparta, lest we aggravate our own condemnation.
Thomas Day
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Aggravate Translations

aggravate in French is aggravent, aggravons, envenimer, aggravez
aggravate in Italian is peggiorare
aggravate in Latin is ingravo
aggravate in Norwegian is forverre
aggravate in Spanish is agravarse
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