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aggravate


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Aggravate  \Ag"gra*vate\,  v.  t.  [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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  aggravate 
  v  1:  make  worse;  "This  drug  aggravates  the  pain"  [syn:  {worsen}, 
  {exacerbate},  {exasperate}]  [ant:  {better}] 
  2:  exasperate  or  irritate  [syn:  {exacerbate},  {exasperate}] 




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