If I talk about the problem with him it just agitates him even more.
Some members of the union have been agitating for a strike.
A few local residents have been agitating against a military presence.
The mixture is heated and then agitated.
Recent Examples on the WebIn Hollywood, the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists went on overlapping strikes, both agitating for guardrails and rules about the use of AI in their fields.—Kate Knibbs, WIRED, 22 Nov. 2023 Washington’s own sporadic strikes are similarly about posturing, carried out to appease domestic audiences agitating for a response to the Iranian attacks.—Maria Fantappie and Vali Nasr, Foreign Affairs, 20 Nov. 2023 In Georgia, Republican legislators have been agitating for a special session to impeach Fani Willis, the Democratic prosecutor who brought a wide-ranging indictment against former President Donald Trump and others who sought to overturn the 2020 election results.—Reid J. Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Sep. 2023 By the 1980s, powerful leaders including then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein began agitating for the Embarcadero Freeway’s removal.—Benjamin Schneider, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2023 And Republicans, who have been agitating for months for strict new border measures, are demanding a host of policy changes including an overhaul of asylum laws.—Karoun Demirjian, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2023 Wind projects in several other Iowa counties without current restrictions are also being hotly contested as local groups agitate their governing bodies to adopt policies that would restrict or eliminate wind farms.—Molly Taft, The New Republic, 28 Sep. 2023 Lillard had been nakedly agitating for a trade to the Miami Heat, but his second-tier agent wasn’t good enough at threatening people to make Portland think paying Tyler Herro was a good idea.—Corbin Smith, Rolling Stone, 24 Oct. 2023 On the most basic level, Black people are generally pictured as doing anything but relaxing—as being attacked, or agitating, or performing feats of athleticism or entertainment.—Emily Lordi, The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2023 See More
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Middle English agitat "set in motion," borrowed from Latin agitātus, past participle of agitāre "to set in motion, drive before one, arouse, disturb, deal with, turn over in the mind," frequentative of agere "to drive, be in motion, do, perform" — more at agent