agonize

verb ag·o·nize \ ˈa-gə-ˌnīz \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of agonize

agonized; agonizing
transitive verb
: to cause to suffer agony : torture
intransitive verb
1 : to suffer agony, torture, or anguish
  • agonizes over every decision
2 : struggle

Examples of agonize in a Sentence

  1. got into more trouble, further agonizing her poor mother

  2. agonized for days over whether she'd done the right thing

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Origin and Etymology of agonize

borrowed from Middle French agoniser "to exercise, struggle, suffer, (in past participle agonisé) torment," borrowed from Medieval Latin agōnizāre "to struggle, suffer death pangs," going back to Late Latin, "to fight, wrestle," borrowed from Greek agōnízesthai "to contest, fight," verbal derivative of agṓn "assembly, contest" — more at agony


AGONIZE Defined for English Language Learners

agonize

verb

Definition of agonize for English Language Learners

  • : to think or worry very much about something


AGONIZE Defined for Kids

agonize

verb ag·o·nize \ ˈa-gə-ˌnīz \

Definition of agonize for Students

agonized; agonizing
: to think or worry very much about something She agonized over the choices.


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