irate

adjective \ ī-ˈrāt , ˈī-ˌ , i-ˈrāt \
|Updated on: 14 Jun 2018

Definition of irate

1 : roused to ire
  • an irate taxpayer
2 : arising from anger
  • irate words

irately

adverb

irateness

noun

Examples of irate in a Sentence

  1. Irate viewers called the television network to complain about the show.

  2. the big increase in cable rates prompted a flood of irate calls and letters

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First Known Use of irate

1838

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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irate Synonyms

Antonyms

delighted, pleased;

Phrases

bent out of shape, blue in the face, fit to be tied, hopping mad, hot under the collar, in a fume, in a huff, in a pet;


IRATE Defined for English Language Learners

irate

Definition of irate for English Language Learners

  • : very angry


IRATE Defined for Kids

irate

adjective \ ī-ˈrāt \

Definition of irate for Students

: angry
  • Irate fans booed loudly.


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