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English verb: aggravate

1. aggravate (change) make worse

SamplesThis drug aggravates the pain.

Synonymsexacerbate, exasperate, worsen

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)cheapen, degrade, inflame, irritate

Antonymsameliorate, improve, meliorate, amend, better

2. aggravate (emotion) exasperate or irritate

Synonymsexacerbate, exasperate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)anger

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