Definition of aggravation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌaɡrəˈveɪʃn/


[mass noun]
1The state of becoming worse or more serious; exacerbation: the patient experienced an aggravation of symptoms
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  • He pitched in an extended spring training game last week with no further aggravation.
  • In addition, 4 individuals had histories consistent with environmental aggravation of preexisting respiratory disease.
  • They also observed an occasional initial aggravation in symptoms with homoeopathy.
2 informal Annoyance or exasperation: the whole business has caused me a lot of aggravation I don’t need this aggravation
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  • The boilerplate license agreements have been an additional source of aggravation.
  • For their sakes I shall have to suffer the aggravations of travelling alone.
  • Perhaps I need to find a private moment of zen each day, a way to let the aggravation fly away from here.
2.1Aggressive behaviour; harassment.
Example sentences
  • I didn't have the nerve to confront them, fearing further aggravation.
  • When I first started clubbing I used to dread the brawls and aggravation.
  • Let's get together and have a competition with all the best pilots without the aggravation found at the Worlds.
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