antagonize

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verb an·tag·o·nize \an-ˈta-gə-ˌnīz\

Definition of antagonize

antagonized

;

antagonizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to incur or provoke the hostility of His criticism antagonized his friends.

  3. 2 :  to act in opposition to :  counteract The drug is antagonized by methylxanthines, such as caffeine and theophylline … — Scientific American Medicine

Examples of antagonize in a sentence

  1. He didn't mean to antagonize you.

  2. Her comments antagonized many people.

Origin and Etymology of antagonize

Greek antagōnizesthai, from anti- + agōnizesthai to struggle, from agōn contest — more at agony


First Known Use: circa 1742


ANTAGONIZE Defined for English Language Learners

antagonize

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verb an·tag·o·nize \an-ˈta-gə-ˌnīz\

Definition of antagonize for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to feel hostile or angry : to irritate or upset (someone)


ANTAGONIZE Defined for Kids

antagonize

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verb an·tag·o·nize \an-ˈta-gə-ˌnīz\

Definition of antagonize for Students

antagonized

;

antagonizing

  1. :  to stir up dislike or anger in The bully antagonizes younger kids.


Medical Dictionary

antagonize

transitive verb an·tag·o·nize
variants: also British

antagonise

\an-ˈtag-ə-ˌnīz\play

Medical Definition of antagonize

antagonized

also British

antagonised

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antagonizing

also British

antagonising

  1. :  to act in antagonism to :  counteract these effects are antagonized by atropine—Ernest Bueding & Harry Most



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