\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web When asked to leave, Breaud claims the customer became irate, yelled at her and left. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Applebee's employee says she was fired after booting customer who made anti-Muslim remarks," 23 Jan. 2020 After England lost on penalties, a Portuguese pub in the middle of Thetford was attacked by irate natives. The Economist, "The Cockneys of Thetford," 18 Dec. 2019 Police said Streett, who lives in Delaware, became irate at a hunter who was leaving the hunting area., "Maryland State Police: Man arrested on Eastern Shore after dispute with fellow hunter," 1 Dec. 2019 The issue came to light in May when parents at San Francisco’s Glen Park Elementary were irate that a beloved second-grade teacher out battling cancer had her paycheck docked to cover the cost of her substitute. Heather Knight,, "Gut-punched by the president, women get fired up for anti-Trump SF march," 14 Jan. 2020 Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky, who emerged from yesterday’s closed door briefings from administration officials irate that the specific intelligence behind the attack on Iran commander Maj. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "As Trump breaks the escalation cycle, US prepares for shadow war with Iran," 9 Jan. 2020 The man became irate and kicked and broke the car’s glove compartment., "Woman accused of assault came home to find another woman in her bed: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 16 Aug. 2019 Alabama coach Nick Saban was irate at halftime, saying there should have been a running clock and Auburn should not have been allowed time to kick the field goal, which ended up being the difference in the game. Mike Rodak |, al, "Rewinding Auburn’s 48-45 Iron Bowl win quarter-by-quarter," 30 Nov. 2019 And work building voice apps may well be more creative and fulfilling than answering irate customer calls. Owen Thomas,, "The real technological job killer," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of irate

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Feb 2020

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“Irate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of irate

: very angry


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

Kids Definition of irate

: angry Irate fans booed loudly.

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