Definitions for irritateˈɪr ɪˌteɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ir•ri•tateˈɪr ɪˌteɪt(v.)-tat•ed, -tat•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to excite to impatience or anger; annoy.

  2. Physiol., Biol. to excite (a living system) to some characteristic action or function.

    Category: Physiology

  3. Pathol. to bring (a body part) to an abnormally excited or sensitive condition.

    Category: Pathology

  4. (v.i.)to cause irritation or become irritated.

Origin of irritate:

1525–35; < L irrītātus, ptp. of irrītāre to arouse to anger, excite, aggravate


Princeton's WordNet

  1. annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil(verb)

    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

    "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

  2. irritate(verb)

    excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame

    "Aspirin irritates my stomach"

  3. irritate(verb)

    excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus

    "irritate the glands of a leaf"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. irritate(verb)ˈɪr ɪˌteɪt

    to annoy or make angry

    ***The way he constantly taps really irritates me.

  2. irritateˈɪr ɪˌteɪt

    ***to cause slight pain or discomfort

    This cream may irritate your skin.; I get irritated by people who drive too slowly.; an irritated throat


  1. irritate(Verb)

    To provoke impatience, anger, or displeasure.

  2. irritate(Verb)

    To introduce irritability.

  3. irritate(Verb)

    To cause or induce displeasure or irritation.

  4. irritate(Verb)

    To induce pain in (all or part of a body or organism).

  5. Origin: From irritatus, past participle of irritare

Webster Dictionary

  1. Irritate(verb)

    to render null and void

  2. Irritate(verb)

    to increase the action or violence of; to heighten excitement in; to intensify; to stimulate

  3. Irritate(verb)

    to excite anger or displeasure in; to provoke; to tease; to exasperate; to annoy; to vex; as, the insolence of a tyrant irritates his subjects

  4. Irritate(verb)

    to produce irritation in; to stimulate; to cause to contract. See Irritation, n., 2

  5. Irritate(noun)

    to make morbidly excitable, or oversensitive; to fret; as, the skin is irritated by friction; to irritate a wound by a coarse bandage

  6. Irritate(adj)

    excited; heightened

Translations for irritate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to annoy or make angry

The children's chatter irritated him.

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