\ ī-ˈrāt How to pronounce irate (audio) , 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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The Knicks did sign Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, Louis Bullock and Taj Gibson, but that’s not going to mollify irate Knicks fans., "NBA free agency 2019: Damian Lillard, Brooklyn Nets, Kevin Durant, New York Knicks among winners and losers after Day 1," 1 July 2019 The reigning American League MVP became irate when his trade from Texas to Boston was blocked by the MLB Players' Association over a voluntary salary cut. Motez Bishara, CNN, "MLB London Series: Yankees and Red Sox greats recall championships, brawls and the Curse of the Bambino," 27 June 2019 One of the suspects became irate and tried to hit the victim. Rachel Spacek, The Mercury News, "Campbell crime report for the week of July 5," 27 June 2019 In my first New York Times story on collapsing Hudson River sturgeon populations, in 1996, commercial fishermen were irate that New Jersey was slow to stop sturgeon harvests. Andrew Revkin, National Geographic, "14-foot fish spotted in river, giving hope to vanished giant’s return," 7 Mar. 2019 Lowry was irate in real time, then calmed down with the help of his teammates en route to a win. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Kyle Lowry, nearly traded six years ago, is Raptors' journeyman on verge of first NBA title," 8 June 2019 Lowry became irate, and began pointing towards Stevens and made a shoving motion when referees arrived courtside. Terry Collins, Fortune, "Who Is Mark Stevens? Here's What We Know About the VC Banned for Shoving Raptors Star Kyle Lowry," 6 June 2019 When the church refused, the irate Henry VIII set about breaking the country away from Catholicism, ultimately forming the Church of England to grant his own divorce from Catherine. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Cause of Prince Arthur Tudor's Death Remains a Medical Mystery," 13 May 2019 Everything is out of sorts, which might explain why some people are having inexplicably irate reactions to the fact Pete Davidson's fiancée, Ariana Grande, is wearing his late father's FDNY badge number around her neck. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Pete Davidson Can Do Whatever He Wants With His Late Father's Pendant," 17 July 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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