agitated

adjective
ag·​i·​tat·​ed | \ ˈa-jə-ˌtā-təd How to pronounce agitated (audio) \

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

Other Words from agitated

agitatedly adverb
pacing back and forth agitatedly

Examples of agitated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An agitated and occasionally defiant emotional mood throughout is clear, even if the facts are not. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 Travis McMichael described to the jury his agitated state talking to police in the immediate hours after shooting Mr. Arbery with his 12-gauge shotgun. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2021 Lucero, 28, had become increasingly agitated on July 21, 2019, and her behavior grew so worrisome that her family called 911, hoping she would be taken to the hospital. NBC News, 16 Nov. 2021 The Missouri Hospital Association also provides training to help workers protect themselves, including training on how to recognize and de-escalate when someone becomes agitated. Jim Salter, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 The Missouri Hospital Association also provides training to help workers protect themselves, including training on how to recognize and de-escalate when someone becomes agitated. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Sep. 2021 An agitated crowd had gathered: people chanting, jostling, shouting into megaphones. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021 Townsend became agitated and suddenly came at one officer holding the tool in his right hand as the officer rushed backward, his gun pointed at Townsend, according to surveillance video that captured the scene. oregonlive, 13 Oct. 2021 As her students began to arrive, Yi noticed a disheveled and agitated woman approaching the open front door. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, 19 Oct. 2021

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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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The first known use of agitated was in 1684

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28 Nov 2021

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“Agitated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agitated. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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