Ag·gra·vate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aggravated p. pr. & vb. n. Aggravating.]
1. To make heavy or heavier; to add to; to increase. [Obs.] “To aggravate thy store.”
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.”
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.
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.
1. Making worse or more heinous; as, aggravating circumstances.
2. Exasperating; provoking; irritating. [Colloq.]
A thing at once ridiculous and aggravating. --J. Ingelow.
adj : making worse [syn: exacerbating, exasperating]