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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ag-ruh-vey-ting]
    • /ˈæg rəˌveɪ tɪŋ/
    • /ˈæɡ.rə.veɪ.tɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ag-ruh-vey-ting]
    • /ˈæg rəˌveɪ tɪŋ/

Definitions of aggravating word

  • adjective aggravating causing or full of aggravation: I've had an aggravating day. 1
  • verb with object aggravating to make worse or more severe; intensify, as anything evil, disorderly, or troublesome: to aggravate a grievance; to aggravate an illness. 1
  • verb with object aggravating to annoy; irritate; exasperate: His questions aggravate her. 1
  • verb with object aggravating to cause to become irritated or inflamed: The child's constant scratching aggravated the rash. 1
  • noun aggravating Make (a problem, injury, or offense) worse or more serious. 1
  • verb aggravating present participle of aggravate. 0

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Origin of aggravating

First appearance:

before 1630
One of the 42% oldest English words
First recorded in 1630-40; aggravate + -ing2

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Aggravating


aggravating popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for aggravating

adjective aggravating

  • annoying — Someone or something that is annoying makes you feel fairly angry and impatient.
  • irritating — causing irritation; annoying; provoking: irritating questions.
  • infuriating — Archaic. infuriated.
  • maddening — driving to madness or frenzy: a maddening thirst.
  • provoking — serving to provoke; causing annoyance.

adverb aggravating

  • underfoot — under the foot or feet; on the ground; underneath or below: The climb was difficult because there were so many rocks underfoot.

Antonyms for aggravating

adjective aggravating

  • pleasing — giving pleasure; agreeable; gratifying: a pleasing performance.

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