Agitate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈædʒɪteɪt|  American pronunciation of the word agitate
Brit.  |ˈadʒɪteɪt|  British pronunciation of the word agitate

verb

- try to stir up public opinion (syn: foment)
- cause to be agitated, excited, or roused (syn: charge, commove, excite, rouse)
- exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for (syn: campaign, crusade, fight, press, push)
- move very slightly (syn: budge, shift, stir)
- move or cause to move back and forth (syn: shake)
- change the arrangement or position of (syn: commove, disturb, vex)

Examples

If I talk about the problem with him it just agitates him even more.

Some members of the union have been agitating for a strike.

A few local residents have been agitating against a military presence.

The mixture is heated and then agitated.

More people are agitating for improvements in prison conditions.

You are alarmed and agitated by the lamentations of those ladies.

His family are agitating to get him freed.

I must warn you that any mention of Clare agitates your grandmother.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: agitate
he/she/it: agitates
present participle: agitating
past tense: agitated
past participle: agitated
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