aggravate [ag-ruh-veyt] Show IPA
|Part of Speech:||verb|
|Synonyms:||be at, be on the back of, bother, bug, bum*, dog, drive up the wall, exasperate, gall, get, get on one's nerves, get to, give a hard time, grate, hack, irk, irritate, nag, needle, nettle, peeve, pester, pick on, pique, provoke, tease, vex, wig|
|Notes:||to aggravate is to make something worse, while to exacerbate is to increase something's bitterness or harshness
aggravate means 'to add to' an already troublesome or vexing matter or condition while irritate means 'to vex, annoy, or chafe'
irritate means 'inflame' (originally 'excite, rouse'); aggravate means 'worsen'
|Antonyms:||appease, gladden, make happy, mollify, soften|