To aggravates is to make someone angry or frustrated. When you aggravates someone, you are usually doing something that is not reasonable or necessary.

  • He always aggravates his wife by talking on the phone while she's trying to work.

  • The noise from the party was really aggravating, and it was making it difficult to hear.

Definition of aggravates


exasperate or irritate


exacerbate, exasperate


make worse


exacerbate, exasperate, worsen

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Example Sentences for aggravates

  • 1

    Or worse, I might aggravate the disharmony.

  • 2

    It's not worth the stress and aggravation.

  • 3

    Exertion aggravates the symptoms.

  • 4

    The trouble was aggravated badly.

  • 5

    They're not worth the aggravation.

  • 6

    Stop aggravating the reputation of the ancestry.

  • 7

    He aggravated the situation at hand.

  • 8

    The danger is only aggravated by interlopers.

  • 9

    The doctor rather aggravated the pain.

  • 10

    The following then becomes an aggravating circumstance.