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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ag·gra·va·ting a.
 1. Making worse or more heinous; as, aggravating circumstances.
 2. Exasperating; provoking; irritating. [Colloq.]
    A thing at once ridiculous and aggravating.   --J. Ingelow.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : making worse [syn: exacerbating, exasperating]