irritate

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verb ir·ri·tate \ˈir-ə-ˌtāt\

Definition of irritate

irritated

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irritating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to provoke impatience, anger, or displeasure in :  annoy

  3. 2 :  to induce irritability in or of

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to cause or induce displeasure or irritation

Examples of irritate in a Sentence

  1. It's his arrogance that really irritates me.

  2. The other passengers were irritated by the child's rudeness.

  3. Harsh soaps can irritate the skin.

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Origin and Etymology of irritate

Latin irritatus, past participle of irritare

Synonym Discussion of irritate

irritate, exasperate, nettle, provoke, rile, peeve mean to excite a feeling of anger or annoyance. irritate implies an often gradual arousing of angry feelings that may range from mere impatience to rage. constant nagging that irritated me greatly exasperate suggests galling annoyance and the arousing of extreme impatience. his exasperating habit of putting off needed decisions nettle suggests a sharp but passing annoyance or stinging. your pompous attitude nettled several people provoke implies an arousing of strong annoyance that may excite to action. remarks made solely to provoke her rile implies inducing an angry or resentful agitation. the new work schedules riled the employees peeve suggests arousing fretful often petty or querulous irritation. a toddler peeved at being refused a cookie

IRRITATE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of irritate for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) impatient, angry, or annoyed

  • : to make (part of your body) sore or painful


IRRITATE Defined for Kids

irritate

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verb ir·ri·tate \ˈir-ə-ˌtāt\

Definition of irritate for Students

irritated

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irritating

  1. 1 :  annoy His constant chatter irritates me.

  2. 2 :  to make sensitive or sore The harsh soap irritated my skin.


Medical Dictionary

irritate

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verb ir·ri·tate \ˈir-ə-ˌtāt\

Medical Definition of irritate

irritated

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irritating

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to provoke impatience, anger, or displeasure in

  4. 2:  to cause (an organ or tissue) to be irritable :  produce irritation in harsh soaps may irritate the skin

  5. 3:  to produce excitation in (as a nerve) :  cause (as a muscle) to contract

  6. intransitive verb

  7. :  to induce irritation



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