ag·​i·​tat·​ed | \ ˈa-jə-ˌtā-təd How to pronounce agitated (audio) \

Definition of agitated

: troubled in mind : disturbed and upset When Caswall asked him to describe what he had seen …, he got very agitated— Bram Stoker was so agitated she could hardly speak

Other Words from agitated

agitatedly adverb
pacing back and forth agitatedly

Examples of agitated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Osaka, who has been admirably open about battling depression and took a long mental-health break last year, became tearful and agitated. Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2022 Buscaino became agitated when a Times reporter told him that some people were waiting to get into a shelter but that shelters were full. Ruben Vivesstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2022 The four wrestled and jostled, with the intruder alternating between calm and highly agitated. Brad Schmitt, USA TODAY, 24 May 2022 An agitated young man in a track suit had stormed into the women-only waiting room at least three times demanding to see his wife, who was in the treatment rooms. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 Those constituencies include agitated shareholders such as Musk. Matt Pearcestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2022 The actor is alleged to have yelled obscenities and become agitated when people began singing karaoke at the bar. Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Mar. 2022 Paul grew more agitated and confused, experienced visual-spatial issues and had increasing difficulty walking. Eliza Fawcett,, 20 Mar. 2022 The teen was extremely agitated and uncooperative upon arrival. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, 20 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of agitated

1684, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agitated

from past participle of agitate

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“Agitated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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