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

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Other Words from agitated

agitatedly adverb
pacing back and forth agitatedly

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Stawinski said that during questioning, Jessie became more agitated, so officers handcuffed him. Washington Post, "1 dead, 2 injured after fire in Northwest," 20 Aug. 2019 Not until a couple of paupers appear inexplicably off to the side, and some of the aristocrats grow agitated and leave with their suitcases, is there even a hint that people outside this drunken world are suffering and revolution is brewing. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Melody Mennite powers Houston Ballet’s ‘Marie’," 17 June 2019 Keyonda Swanigan, 37, of the 5500 block of Diversey Avenue, Chicago, was charged with misdemeanor battery Sept. 2 after becoming agitated waiting in line for an order and threw a soda at an employee at Burger King, 4330 N. Harlem Ave. Deborah Kadin,, "Norridge police blotter: Agitated customer throws soda at Burger King employee," 12 Sep. 2019 Flocks of ducks launched from the water in a flurry of wings and agitated quacks. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Now you can kayak Arizona's famous Horseshoe Bend. Here's how.," 5 Sep. 2019 The manager turned around and addressed Denson, who became more upset and agitated, according to the affidavit., "Man spits in face of Portland dealership manager, tells him to go back to his own country, records allege," 27 Aug. 2019 On this day, Boylan appeared paranoid and agitated. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "In Men, It’s Parkinson’s. In Women, It’s Hysteria.," 23 Aug. 2019 The Eagles, being the worst team in the league and whose owner, Bert Bell, had really agitated for a draft, had the first pick. Rich Cohen, Harper's magazine, "The Wood Chipper," 19 Aug. 2019 These shows are characterized by swooping aerial images of vast woodlands, after which the camera, pursued by strings, drums or an increasingly agitated bassoon, burrows down to find some spooking, singular image. Mary Mcnamara,, "Finished Netflix’s ‘Dark.’ What’s the German word for ‘pissed’?," 12 July 2019

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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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