agitator

noun ag·i·ta·tor \ ˈa-jə-ˌtā-tər \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of agitator

: one that agitates: such as
a : one who stirs up public feeling on controversial issues
  • political agitators
b : a device or an apparatus for stirring or shaking

Examples of agitator in a Sentence

  1. The police arrested several antigovernment agitators.

  2. a political agitator who led an unsuccessful revolt against the government

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Origin and Etymology of agitator


AGITATOR Defined for English Language Learners

agitator

noun

Definition of agitator for English Language Learners

  • : a person who tries to get people angry or upset so that they will support an effort to change a government, company, etc.

  • : a device for stirring or shaking something in a machine (such as a washing machine)



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