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verb [transitive] aggravate pronunciation in American English /ˈæɡrəˌveɪt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyaggravate
he/she/itaggravates
present participleaggravating
past tenseaggravated
past participleaggravated
  1. 1
    to make something bad become worse, especially a situation or a medical condition
    His headache was aggravated by all the noise.
    This speech will only aggravate the existing tensions.
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  2. 2
    mainly spoken to annoy someone
    My brother really aggravates me sometimes.

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