|Origin:||, past participle of aggravare 'to make heavier', from ad- 'to' + gravare 'to make heavy'|
to make a bad situation, an illness, or an injury worse [≠ improve]:
Their money problems were further aggravated by a rise in interest rates.
Building the new road will only aggravate the situation.
to make someone angry or annoyed [= irritate]:
What really aggravates me is the way she won't listen.
—aggravation noun [uncountable and countable]