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agitate

verb ag·i·tate \ˈa-jə-ˌtāt\

: to disturb, excite, or anger (someone)

: to try to get people to support or oppose something

: to move or stir up (a liquid)

ag·i·tat·edag·i·tat·ing

Full Definition of AGITATE

transitive verb
1
a obsolete :  to give motion to
b :  to move with an irregular, rapid, or violent action <the storm agitated the sea>
2
:  to excite and often trouble the mind or feelings of :  disturb
3
a :  to discuss excitedly and earnestly
b :  to stir up public discussion of
intransitive verb
:  to attempt to arouse public feeling <agitated for better schools>
ag·i·tat·ed·ly adverb
ag·i·ta·tion \ˌa-jə-ˈtā-shən\ noun
ag·i·ta·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of AGITATE

  1. If I talk about the problem with him it just agitates him even more.
  2. Some members of the union have been agitating for a strike.
  3. A few local residents have been agitating against a military presence.
  4. The mixture is heated and then agitated.

Origin of AGITATE

Latin agitatus, past participle of agitare, frequentative of agere to drive — more at agent
First Known Use: 15th century

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