\ ī-ˈrāt How to pronounce irate (audio) , ˈī-ˌrāt, i-ˈrāt \

Definition of irate

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

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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First Known Use of irate

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Irate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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\ ī-ˈrāt How to pronounce irate (audio) \

Kids Definition of irate

: angry Irate fans booed loudly.

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