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part of speech: verb
inflections: aggravates, aggravating, aggravated
definition 1: to make worse.
She aggravated the pain in her knee by walking too soon after she got hurt.
appease, ease, heal, moderate, relieve, soothe
similar words:
deepen, heighten, increase, intensify
definition 2: (informal) to bother or annoy.
All of the noise on the playground aggravated me when I tried to read.
annoy, bother, exasperate, irritate
appease, please, soothe
similar words:
bug, disturb, hassle, pester, ruffle
derivations: aggravatingly (adv.), aggravator (n.)
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The word aggravate contains the following parts:
ag- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix ag- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with "g." See ad-.
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grav Latin root that means heavy
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-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).