Ag"gra*vate (#), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aggravated (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Aggravating.] [L. aggravatus, p. p. of aggravare. See Aggrieve.]
To make heavy or heavier; to add to; to increase.
[Obs.] "To aggravate
To make worse, or more severe; to render less tolerable or less excusable; to make more offensive; to enhance; to intensify.
To aggravate the horrors of the scene.
The defense made by the prisioner's counsel did rather aggravate than extenuate his crime.
To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate; as, to aggravate circumstances.
To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate.
If both were to aggravate her parents, as my brother and sister do mine.
Syn. -- To heighten; intensify; increase; magnify; exaggerate; provoke; irritate; exasperate.
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