What does agitate mean?

Definitions for agitate
ˈædʒ ɪˌteɪtag·i·tate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. agitate, foment, stir upverb

    try to stir up public opinion

  2. agitate, rouse, turn on, charge, commove, excite, charge upverb

    cause to be agitated, excited, or roused

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

  3. crusade, fight, press, campaign, push, agitateverb

    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, agitateverb

    move very slightly

    "He shifted in his seat"

  5. shake, agitateverb

    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 upverb

    change the arrangement or position of

Wiktionary

  1. agitateverb

    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. agitateverb

    To move or actuate. --Thomson.

  3. agitateverb

    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. agitateverb

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

  5. agitateverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To AGITATEverb

    Etymology: agito, Lat.

    Where dwells this sov’reign arbitrary soul,
    Which does the human animal controul,
    Informs each part, and agitates the whole? Richard Blackmore.

    Though this controversy be revived, and hotly agitated among the moderns; yet I doubt whether it be not, in a great part, a nominal dispute. Robert Boyle, on Colours.

ChatGPT

  1. agitate

    To agitate means to disturb, upset, or stir up, either physically or emotionally. It can refer to the act of shaking or stirring a liquid or other substance, or to causing someone to feel anxious, nervous, or worried. It can also mean to provoke or campaign on a social or political issue.

  2. agitate

    To agitate means to disturb, excite, or stir up, often causing trouble or prompting action. It could relate to physical movement, like shaking or stirring up a liquid, or causing emotional upset, unrest, or anxiety in a person. In political terms, it can denote the act of provoking public concern about an issue for the purpose of prompting change.

  3. agitate

    To agitate means to disturb, excite, or stir up emotions or feelings. It can also mean a vigorous stirring or movement - particularly in the context of a substance or object. Additionally, it can describe the act of campaigning to arouse public concern about an issue in the hope of prompting action.

  4. agitate

    To agitate means to stir up or cause to move rapidly or violently. It could also mean to excite, disturb, or provoke strong emotions or intense feelings often related to unease, anxiety, or unrest. In a washing machine context, it refers to the process of moving clothes around during washing.

  5. agitate

    To agitate generally means to disturb, excite, or stir up. It can refer to physical movement, such as shaking or stirring a liquid, or to emotional disturbance, such as causing anxiety or arousing public excitement or interest.

  6. agitate

    To agitate is to make someone upset, disturbed, or excited by arguing or debating about a particular topic, or to cause a substance to move around or combine by shaking or stirring, often aiming to produce a chemical reaction or mix. Also, it can be used to describe an action meant to arouse public concern about an issue in the hope of producing a change.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Agitateverb

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

  2. Agitateverb

    to move or actuate

  3. Agitateverb

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

  4. Agitateverb

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

  5. Agitateverb

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Agitate

    aj′i-tāt, v.t. to keep moving: to stir violently: to disturb: to discuss, or keep up the discussion of a question.—n. Agitā′tion, commotion: perturbation of mind: discussion: public excitement.—adj. Ag′itative.—n. Ag′itator, one who excites or keeps up a public agitation. [L. agitāre, freq. of agĕre, to put in motion. See Act.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of agitate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of agitate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of agitate in a Sentence

  1. Kristian Ulrichsen:

    ( The activists) can't be seen as taking credit for the right to drive. Firstly, it would be taking credit away from the Crown Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.At and also would give the impression that activism pays off, the Crown Prince doesn't want to give that impression, that people can agitate for change and get results.

  2. Darren Wright:

    If you make one arrest, that could agitate the crowd and make things worse, if they're not creating violence at the moment and they're not destroying property, we have time on our hands, and we want to try to keep it as peaceful as possible.

  3. George Goehl:

    You are an organizer. You bring not bread, but yeast. You are here to agitate and inspire more people to ask hard questions, to uncover hidden truths, to realize their power, and to do all of this with lots of other people. What an amazing thing.

  4. Lesley McSpadden:

    Don't agitate them. Don't let them agitate you, I don't want nobody to get hurt.

  5. Israel Nitzan:

    I have news for The Palestinians : you can not agitate and provoke your way to a state.

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