agonize

verb
ag·​o·​nize | \ ˈa-gə-ˌnīz How to pronounce agonize (audio) \
agonized; agonizing

Definition of agonize

transitive verb

: to cause to suffer agony : torture

intransitive verb

1 : to suffer agony, torture, or anguish agonizes over every decision

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Examples of agonize in a Sentence

got into more trouble, further agonizing her poor mother agonized for days over whether she'd done the right thing
Recent Examples on the Web Over the next 29 years Kahlo endured 32 surgeries, at-times agonizing therapies and multiple miscarriages. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Exceptional love: In the opera ‘Frida,' the painful, passionate life of a legendary artist," 13 Feb. 2020 Winslow initially hesitated and seemed to agonize over his decision. Julie Watson, Houston Chronicle, "Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. pleads guilty to rape," 5 Nov. 2019 Winslow initially hesitated and seemed to agonize over his decision. NBC News, "Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. takes plea deal before rape retrial," 5 Nov. 2019 Winslow initially hesitated and seemed to agonize over his decision. CBS News, "Former NFL star Kellen Winslow Jr. pleads guilty to sex crimes, avoids possible life sentence," 5 Nov. 2019 Labour is also agonizing over its Brexit stance -- which tried unsuccessfully to satisfy voters who wanted to leave the European Union and those who wished to remain -- and continuing claims of anti-Semitism in party ranks. Washington Post, "5 contenders vie to lead UK Labour back from election defeat," 13 Jan. 2020 The decision to turn pro as a one-and-done was agonizing at first for the Duke freshman. Tim Bannon, chicagotribune.com, "7 surprising things about Wendell Carter Jr., the Bulls top pick," 22 June 2018 After a biopsy and agonizing eight-day wait, she was diagnosed May 14 with invasive ductal carcinoma ⁠— the most common form of breast cancer. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, "Breast cancer strikes sisters, 29 and 31. Both prepare for double mastectomies," 25 Oct. 2019 And of course, there’s Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) trying to uncover who’s behind a string of ambulance robberies, while Erin is agonizing over putting a violent perp behind bars after he was found not guilty. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Hints the First New Episode of 2020 Will Be Very Intense," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of agonize

1570, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

History and Etymology for 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

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18 Feb 2020

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“Agonize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agonize. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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agonize

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English Language Learners Definition of agonize

: to think or worry very much about something

agonize

verb
ag·​o·​nize | \ ˈa-gə-ˌnīz How to pronounce agonize (audio) \
agonized; agonizing

Kids Definition of agonize

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

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