Definitions for agitateˈædʒ ɪˌteɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ag•i•tateˈædʒ ɪˌteɪt(v.)-tat•ed, -tat•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to move or force into violent, irregular action.

  2. to shake or move briskly.

  3. to disturb or excite emotionally; perturb.

  4. to call attention to by speech or writing; discuss; debate.

  5. (v.i.)to arouse or attempt to arouse public interest and support, as in a political or social cause.

Origin of agitate:

1580–90; < L agitātus, ptp. of agitāre freq. of agere to drive, do, act

Princeton's WordNet

  1. agitate, foment, stir up(verb)

    try to stir up public opinion

  2. agitate, rouse, turn on, charge, commove, excite, charge up(verb)

    cause to be agitated, excited, or roused

    "The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks"

  3. crusade, fight, press, campaign, push, agitate(verb)

    exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for

    "The liberal party pushed for reforms"; "She is crusading for women's rights"; "The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate"

  4. stir, shift, budge, agitate(verb)

    move very slightly

    "He shifted in his seat"

  5. shake, agitate(verb)

    move or cause to move back and forth

    "The chemist shook the flask vigorously"; "My hands were shaking"

  6. agitate, vex, disturb, commove, shake up, stir up, raise up(verb)

    change the arrangement or position of

Wiktionary

  1. agitate(Verb)

    To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel.

    ``Winds . . . agitate the air. --Cowper.

  2. agitate(Verb)

    To move or actuate. --Thomson.

  3. agitate(Verb)

    To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb; as, he was greatly agitated.

    The mind of man is agitated by various passions. --Johnson.

  4. agitate(Verb)

    To discuss with great earnestness; to debate; as, a controversy hotly agitated. --Boyle.

  5. agitate(Verb)

    To revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive busily; to devise; to plot; as, politicians agitate desperate designs.

  6. Origin: From agitatus, past participle of agitare, from agere. Compare with French agiter. See act, agent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Agitate(verb)

    to move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel

  2. Agitate(verb)

    to move or actuate

  3. Agitate(verb)

    to stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb; as, he was greatly agitated

  4. Agitate(verb)

    to discuss with great earnestness; to debate; as, a controversy hotly agitated

  5. Agitate(verb)

    to revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive busily; to devise; to plot; as, politicians agitate desperate designs


Translations for agitate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

agitate(verb)

to make (someone) excited and anxious

The news agitated her.

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