\ ī-ˈrāt , ˈī-ˌ , i-ˈrāt \

Definition of irate 

1 : roused to ire an irate taxpayer

2 : arising from anger irate words

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Other words from irate

irately adverb
irateness noun

Examples of irate in a Sentence

Irate viewers called the television network to complain about the show. the big increase in cable rates prompted a flood of irate calls and letters

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Minutes after the conclusion of the Iowa Corn 300, Robert Wickens was irate. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar in Toronto: 'Eh Team' returns home; Conor Daly returns to field," 12 July 2018 Last month, an irate jogger was filmed dumping a homeless man’s possessions in the water. Jen Yamato,, "Beyond 'Black Panther': Thanks to a wave of homegrown filmmakers, Oakland is having a Hollywood moment," 7 July 2018 The owner of Bali Nail Spa in Lutz, Fla., Karen Vu, can be seen on video politely trying to calm the irate Beckzilla down. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "‘Your Language Sounds Nasty’: Woman Captured on Viral Video Going on Racist Rant at Florida Nail Salon," 12 June 2018 Immigration negotiations resurface in the House; Trump meets with a bunch of very irate US allies. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Schrodinger’s DACAt," 8 June 2018 Trespass An employee of a business in the 1400 block of Patriot Boulevard told police April 7 that a customer became irate over slow delivery. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Police: $3,000 in electronics, jewelry stolen from Glenview home," 13 Apr. 2018 But over the past few days, Meinhardt has been fielding a stream of irate complaints about his defunct establishment, courtesy of an internet mob that’s pulled restaurants across the world into a round of White House political drama. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Red Hen restaurants around the world are getting blamed for kicking out Sarah Sanders," 26 June 2018 Among the more unexpected encounters with irate landowners? Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Russian River Roulette," 14 June 2018 Under the Twitter glare of an increasingly irate President Donald Trump, Mueller's team has pressed forward with their work. Evan Perez, CNN, "Hot Pockets, mismatched chairs and a critical mission: Inside year one of the Mueller investigation," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of irate

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of irate

: very angry


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Kids Definition of irate

: angry Irate fans booed loudly.

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