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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Aggravate \Ag"gra*vate\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Aggravated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Aggravating}.] [L. aggravatus, p. p. of aggravare. See {Aggrieve}.]

1. To make heavy or heavier; to add to; to increase. [Obs.] "To aggravate thy store." --Shak.

2. To make worse, or more severe; to render less tolerable or less excusable; to make more offensive; to enhance; to intensify. "To aggravate my woes." --Pope.

To aggravate the horrors of the scene. --Prescott.

The defense made by the prisoner's counsel did rather aggravate than extenuate his crime. --Addison.

3. To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate; as, to aggravate circumstances. --Paley.

4. To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate. [Colloq.]

If both were to aggravate her parents, as my brother and sister do mine. --Richardson (Clarissa).

Syn: To heighten; intensify; increase; magnify; exaggerate; provoke; irritate; exasperate.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

aggravated \aggravated\ adjective

1. 1 made more severe or intense, especially in law; as, aggravated assault.

Syn: intensified. [WordNet 1.5]

2. 1 incited, especially deliberately, to anger. aggravated by passive resistance

Syn: provoked. [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: made more severe or intense especially in law; "aggravated assault"

2: incited, especially deliberately, to anger; "aggravated by passive resistance"; "the provoked animal attacked the child" [syn: {aggravated}, {provoked}]

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