aggravate

The Correct spelling is: aggravate

Common misspellings of the word aggravate are:

How do you spell aggravate?. It is not aggarvate or aggavate or aggraate or aggraavte or aggravae or aggravaet or aggravat or aggravtae or aggravte or aggrvaate or aggrvate or agravate or agrgavate or gagravate or even ggravate for that matter!

  • tr.v., -vat·ed, -vat·ing, -vates.
    1. To make worse or more troublesome.
    2. To rouse to exasperation or anger; provoke. See synonyms at annoy.

    [Latin aggravāre, aggravāt- : ad-, ad- + gravāre, to burden (from gravis, heavy).]

    aggravatingly ag'gra·vat'ing·ly adv.
    aggravative ag'gra·va'tive adj.
    aggravator ag'gra·va'tor n.

    USAGE NOTE   Aggravate comes from the Latin verb aggravāre, which meant “to make heavier,” that is, “to add to the weight of.” It also had the extended senses “to annoy” and “to oppress.” Some people claim that aggravate can only mean “to make worse,” and not “to irritate,” on the basis of the word's etymology. But in doing so, they ignore not only an English sense in use since the 17th century, but also one of the original Latin ones. Sixty-eight percent of the Usage Panel approves of its use in It's the endless wait for luggage that aggravates me the most about air travel.


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