Definitions and Examples of aggravate, provoke
Learn when and how to use these words with these examples!
To make a problem, situation, or offense worse or more serious.
His constant interruptions during the meeting only served to aggravate his colleagues.
To deliberately annoy, anger, or incite someone into taking action.
She knew that criticizing his work would provoke him, but she couldn't help herself.
Key Differences: aggravate vs provoke
- 1Aggravate refers to making a situation worse or more serious.
- 2Provoke refers to deliberately annoying or angering someone into taking action.
Effective Usage of aggravate, provoke
- 1Enhance Communication: Use aggravate and provoke to describe negative actions and their consequences.
- 2Conflict Resolution: Avoid using these antonyms when trying to resolve conflicts or reach agreements.
- 3Express Disapproval: Use these antonyms to express disapproval of negative actions or behaviors.
The antonyms aggravate and provoke convey negative actions that can worsen a situation. Use these words to enhance communication, express disapproval of negative actions or behaviors, but avoid using them when trying to resolve conflicts or reach agreements.