agitate


agitate

verb

Definition of AGITATE

1
to cause (as a liquid) to move about in a circle especially repeatedly <this room could use a ceiling fan to agitate the stuffy air a bit>
Related Words beat, paddle, whip, whisk; reel, shake, wheel
3
to make a series of small irregular or violent movements <set the washing machine so it will agitate for four minutes before going into the rinse cycle>
Synonyms agitate, bucket, convulse, jerk, jiggle, joggle, jolt, jounce, judder [chiefly British], quake, quiver, shudder, vibrate, wobble (also wabble)
4
to talk about (an issue) usually from various points of view and for the purpose of arriving at a decision or opinion <a question which has been agitated by the legislature time and time again>
Synonyms agitate, argue, bandy, bat (around or back and forth), canvass (also canvas), debate, dispute, hash (over or out), moot, talk over

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