aggravate
ag·gra·vate /'a-grə-ˌvāt/ vt -vat·ed, -vat·ing: to make more serious, more severe, or worse
maliciousness aggravated the offense
aggravated her preexisting condition
aggravating factors compare mitigate
ag·gra·va·tion /ˌa-grə-'vā-shən/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

aggravate
I (annoy) verb acerbate, aggrieve, annoy, bother, cause pain, chafe, dismay, disturb, enrage, envenom, exasperate, excite, give pain, hurt, incense, inflame, infuriate, injure, irk, irritate, madden, miff, nettle, offend, pain, pique, provoke, rankle, ruffle, sour, sting, trouble, vex associated concepts: aggravating circumstances II (exacerbate) verb add to, add weight to, amplify, augment, complicate, deepen, deteriorate, further, heighten, impair, increase, intensify, magnify, make more offensive, make more serious, make more severe, make worse, render less excusable, render less tolerable, render worse, worsen associated concepts: aggravated assault, aggravating circumstances III index alienate (estrange), annoy, badger, bait (harass), compound, deteriorate, discommode, discompose, distress, exacerbate, expand, harm, heighten (augment), incense, intensify, irritate, plague, press (goad), provoke

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


aggravate
v.
To make worse.
n.
aggravation See also simple

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


aggravate
To make more serious or severe.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

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  • Aggravate — Ag gra*vate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Aggravated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Aggravating}.] [L. aggravatus, p. p. of aggravare. See {Aggrieve}.] 1. To make heavy or heavier; to add to; to increase. [Obs.] To aggravate thy store. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aggravate — (v.) 1520s, make heavy, burden down, from pp. adjective aggravate burdened; threatened (late 15c.), from L. aggravatus, pp. of aggravare to render more troublesome, lit. to make heavy (see AGGRAVATION (Cf. aggravation)). Earlier in this sense was …   Etymology dictionary

  • aggravate — The meaning ‘to annoy or exasperate’ has existed in good sources since the early 17c; despite this, Fowler (1926) recommended that it ‘should be left to the uneducated’. The dominance of the current sense has not put paid to the original meaning …   Modern English usage

  • aggravate — [v1] annoy 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,… …   New thesaurus

  • aggravate — ► VERB 1) make worse. 2) informal annoy or exasperate. DERIVATIVES aggravating adjective aggravation noun. USAGE Aggravate in the sense ‘annoy or exasperate’ is in widespread use in modern English and dates back to the 17th century, but the use… …   English terms dictionary

  • aggravate — 1 heighten, *intensify, enhance Analogous words: magnify, aggrandize (see EXALT): augment, *increase, multiply, enlarge Antonyms: alleviate Contrasted words: lighten, mitigate, allay (see RELIEVE): *palliate, extenuate: lessen, reduce, diminish,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • aggravate — [ag′rə vāt΄] vt. aggravated, aggravating [< L aggravatus, pp. of aggravare, to make heavier < ad , to + gravis, heavy: see GRAVE1] 1. to make worse; make more burdensome, troublesome, etc. 2. Informal to exasperate; annoy; vex SYN.… …   English World dictionary

  • aggravate — verb 1) the new law could aggravate the situation Syn: worsen, make worse, exacerbate, inflame, compound; add fuel to the fire/flames, add insult to injury, rub salt in the wound Ant: alleviate, improve 2) informal you don …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • aggravate — aggravative, adj. aggravator, n. /ag reuh vayt /, v.t., aggravated, aggravating. 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;… …   Universalium

  • aggravate — transitive verb ( vated; vating) Etymology: Latin aggravatus, past participle of aggravare to make heavier, from ad + gravare to burden, from gravis heavy more at grieve Date: 1530 1. obsolete a. to make heavy ; burden …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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