Adjective "aggravate" definition and examples

(Aggravate may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Make (a problem, injury, or offence) worse or more serious.
  1. 'Advanced disease and intensive multi-modality treatment aggravates problems like speech disturbances, eating problems, and disfigurement.'
  2. 'Contrary to expectations, moving leopards around has only aggravated the problem.'
  3. 'Shielded lamps and indirect luminaires prevent the lighting installation from aggravating the problems of stress.'
  4. 'On the contrary it could very well aggravate the problem even further.'
  5. 'Though she discovered a passion for running in the mountains, the stress aggravated a previous injury, and Ratkovic ruptured her Achilles tendon.'
  6. 'The housing problem was aggravated by a rapid increase in a population that doubled from 1949 to 1964 and almost doubled again by the end of the century.'
  7. 'That seriously aggravates his third problem - namely, that as the candidate appealing to both wings of the Democrats, he necessarily also annoys both wings.'
  8. 'Despite calls for their culling and suggestions they be given to pensioners for Sunday dinner, many people insisted on feeding them which only aggravated the problem.'
  9. 'The judge noted he was a risk to the public and said the offence was aggravated by force used and injuries being caused to a vulnerable victim.'
  10. '‘Your dangerous and aggressive driving was intentional, this seriously aggravates the offence,’ Judge Haworth said.'
Annoy or exasperate.
  1. 'Irritably, she swatted the aggravating hand that was distracting her.'
  2. 'The woman was STILL following me, and it was beginning to irritate and aggravate me.'
  3. 'And when you separate the illness from the patient, you free the parents up to be aggravated and very clear about what they're fighting.'
  4. 'What gets under our skin, aggravates, infuriates, frustrates and makes us hate is of the same seed that also begets love and divine revelation.'
  5. 'I began to stalk away from him, thoroughly aggravated.'
  6. 'People would find me here, weeks later, pale and thin, but worry free and careless, aggravated to be pulled from my hiding place.'
  7. 'Yes, this week's retro Mercury can be aggravating and infuriating, so fume and brood if you want to.'
  8. '‘She's sick,’ Dani said, seemingly aggravated and overly annoyed.'
  9. 'FBI warnings are irritating enough, but this is especially aggravating, for two reasons.'
  10. 'Not how will you aggravate him, challenge him, dare him, antagonize him, and make an enemy out of him.'

More definitions

1. to make worse or more severe; intensify, as anything evil, disorderly, or troublesome: to aggravate a grievance; to aggravate an illness.

2. to annoy; irritate; exasperate: His questions aggravate her.

3. to cause to become irritated or inflamed: The child's constant scratching aggravated the rash.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be aggravate."


Mid 16th century: from Latin aggravat- ‘made heavy’, from the verb aggravare, from ad- (expressing increase) + gravis ‘heavy’.