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 The music is extreme, sounding dangerous and agonized. John Adamian, courant.com, "Connecticut hardcore band Intercourse performing at the Ballroom," 1 Nov. 2019 Signed to bolster the bridge to Kenley Jansen, Kelly’s first two-and-a-half months as a Dodger were agonizing. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers’ Joe Kelly unable to shed light on his ‘overall body’ ailment," 26 Sep. 2019 To those following the #GrantAmato trial: As some of the more salacious details are presented in court today, please remember the victims, whose deaths have left a void in this small community and continue to agonize those who knew the family. Michael Williams, orlandosentinel.com, "Grant Amato trial: Jurors see Bulgarian webcam model at center of triple-homicide case," 12 July 2019 Even the local attorney who brought the lawsuit agonized over whether to follow through. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Durango residents divided as beloved coal-fired train faces lawsuits over its role in the 416 fire," 7 July 2019 Mann is courtly but agonized as TJ; Coiro lends a gentle edge to straight-shooter Noah; Weeks brings a deeply soulful feel to Anna; Yang is by turns quirkily funny and heartrending; and Canó-Flaviá grounds the piece in a feel of hope and goodness. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Funny and moving, La Jolla Playhouse’s ‘The Coast Starlight’ proves a memorable journey," 27 Aug. 2019 In the weeks that followed, a new generation of leaders lit up the cellular airwaves, agonizing over how to move the region forward. cleveland.com, "Cleveland is on the doorstep of doing something remarkable that no other city has done, but we could screw it up, especially if you don’t join," 20 Aug. 2019 Jordan Anchondo's death was confirmed in the hours after the attack, but the family agonized as investigators waited to confirm the fate of her husband Andre. CBS News, "El Paso couple killed in Walmart as mom died protecting her baby," 5 Aug. 2019 The death of Jordan Anchondo was confirmed in the hours after the attack, but the family agonized as investigators waited to confirm more than a dozen other deaths. Morgan Lee, Anchorage Daily News, "Shooting victims include a mom who died protecting her baby," 4 Aug. 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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11 Nov 2019

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“Agonize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agonizes. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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agonize

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How to pronounce agonize (audio)

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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