ag·​i·​tat·​ed | \ˈa-jə-ˌtā-təd \

Definition of agitated 

: troubled in mind : disturbed and upset When Caswall asked him to describe what he had seen …, he got very agitated— Bram Stoker was so agitated she could hardly speak

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agitatedly adverb
pacing back and forth agitatedly

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In countries like Botswana, where mokoro (dugout canoe) safaris are popular, hippos, who are known to be very aggressive and easily agitated, can pose an especially dangerous threat to travelers who glide past their feeding and breeding grounds. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Tourist Killed by Hippo Near Kenya's Lake Naivasha," 13 Aug. 2018 When asked to leave, the man became agitated and started yelling at employees. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "Man arrested for threatening store employees: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 11 May 2018 Three hours into the standoff, the woman was highly agitated and alternating between threatening to shoot herself in the head and begging the police to fire on her, Worcester said. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, "She pointed a gun at police and asked to die; they used drones to intercede instead," 11 Feb. 2018 According to Harvard Medical School, antidepressant withdrawal symptoms include mood swings and feeling agitated, anxious, or manic. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "The Important Things You Missed During 'This Is Us' Last Night," 3 Oct. 2018 The guards, a bit agitated, told us to stop talking with her and move along. Caryl Stern, Marie Claire, "I Witnessed the Horrors Immigrant Children Experience at the Border," 25 July 2018 His wife, more agitated than relieved, was waiting for him outside the Guatemalan air force base here. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "'What if I lose her forever?' In Guatemala, a couple fears for their child still in detention in U.S.," 10 July 2018 Feel the breeze, see the trees, liberate your agitated mind. Mary Schmich,, "A bistro, a book, music and a lettuce bowl: Nine things to love this summer," 22 June 2018 The uproar over the Cambridge Analytica scandal has carried on for several weeks with the #DeleteFacebook campaign attracting tech luminaries like Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, as well as many other agitated users. Jeremy Bowman, USA TODAY, "New business model? Pay $81 a year and get an ad-free Facebook," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of agitated

1684, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agitated

from past participle of agitate

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