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

Examples of agitated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just this week the general manager of TCF Center (formerly known as Cobo), the largest convention center in Michigan, contended with hundreds of agitated folks gathered inside TCF where absentee votes were being counted in the presidential election. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "'Mr. Unflappable' moves from convention center to new role for metro Detroit," 7 Nov. 2020 As if that wasn’t tricky enough, Baskin is also keeping a cautious eye on the agitated mood of the American electorate. Gerry Smith,, "Fall Ad Spending Creeps Back in Spite of Scary Covid Conditions," 30 Oct. 2020 On July 8, the family said, Mr. Gonzalez seemed agitated. James Dobbins, New York Times, "Arrest Leads to Tragedy in the Rio Grande Valley," 24 Oct. 2020 The shop assistant presents her with a dress made from material that doesn’t stain, causing Lise to become agitated. Ian Rankin, WSJ, "Five Best: Ian Rankin on Scottish Novels," 9 Oct. 2020 Thao stepped toward a growing, agitated crowd, and waved along passing vehicles. David Chanen, Star Tribune, "Trouble signs showed up early in the career of fired Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao," 26 Sep. 2020 The documents say Athens allegedly became agitated while officers were interviewing and tried to force her way into the building. NBC News, "Alaska mayor to resign after TV anchor posts what she says is partially nude photo of him," 14 Oct. 2020 The agitated cat then proceeds to follow Burgess for the next six minutes, all while Burgess is yelling and growling at the animal. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "Utah hiker stalked by a cougar for 6 minutes while he sloooowly backed away," 13 Oct. 2020 Thus, the Bears’ vows to forge a new identity and their requests for patience are being met with agitated resistance from a fan base that has heard these pleas and promises before. Dan Wiederer,, "Column: Fasten your seat belts. The Chicago Bears are issuing turbulence warnings as Nick Foles continues to settle in at QB.," 7 Oct. 2020

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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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15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Agitated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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