aggravate aggravate  /ˈæ ɡrə ˌveɪt/


  1. (v) make worse
  2. (v) exasperate or irritate

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  1. Removing these trees could aggravate the impact of the next big storm.
  2. Instead, it has been allowed to aggravate, with little effort being exerted within and outside the Security Council.
  3. While both sides pleaded for calm, there were fears the violence could aggravate an enduring national tribal split between Luos, who support Odinga, and Kikuyus, who back Kibaki.


  1. No clear link between weather and fibromyalgia

    By Kerry Grens NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite common complaints that the weather can aggravate fibromyalgia symptoms, a new study finds little consistency in the type of weather conditions linked to worsening of the mysterious pain syndrome. Furthermore, "the few significant associations that we found (between weather and fibromyalgia symptoms) were very small, too small to affect daily ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. British Columbia rejects oil pipeline, casting Keystone in new light

    The Canadian west coast province of British Columbia has rejected a proposed pipeline to bring oil sands to its ports. The decision likely means more troubles for the proposed and hotly debated Keystone XL pipeline through the United States to Texas refineries. Activists are fighting hard against Keystone XL, arguing it would aggravate global warming. On the other hand, the U.S. State Department ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: PRI Public Radio International


  1. "This provocative decision -- with the blessing of the International Olympic Committee -- could aggravate tensions and undermine the fragile process to find a peaceful long-term solution for Tibet and the region," said Human Rights in China...
    on Jun 20, 2008 By: Sharon Hom Source: Reuters South Africa

  2. "I'm a fast healer, but my doctor really wants to make sure I'm well and I'm healthy and we don't have to go through this process again," Wade said. "He'd rather for me not to rush back to get in training camp and maybe aggravate something...
    on Jul 16, 2007 By: Dwyane Wade Source: CNN International

  3. "The North should refrain from violating this resolution and also from any and all provocative actions that could harm the six-party talks and aggravate the tensions in the region," Clinton said.
    on Feb 19, 2009 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: International Herald Tribune

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