Definition of agitation in English:



  • 1A state of anxiety or nervous excitement:

    ‘she was wringing her hands in agitation’
    • ‘He was crawling under his skin with anxiety and agitation.’
    • ‘Potentially treatable causes of agitation include pain, anxiety, and positive-pressure ventilation.’
    • ‘Corydalis is a European sedative herb that addresses insomnia that stems from nervousness, agitation, depression or anxiety.’
    • ‘Steroid psychosis can cause anxiety, agitation, euphoria, insomnia, mood swings, personality changes and even serious depression.’
    • ‘This will cause him anxiety, frustration, agitation and other mental discomforts.’
    • ‘If agitation, anxiety or suicidal thinking appears, parents and therapists must take immediate action.’
    • ‘‘Tooker's anxiety and agitation spun out of control in the weeks preceding his death,’ she recalls.’
    • ‘The medication can reduce the concomitant anxiety and agitation, but does little to stop the underlying delusions.’
    • ‘In particular, delusional patients showed higher scores in agitation and anxiety.’
    • ‘As with all natives of this combination, the Aries / Virgo may suffer from nervous anxiety, agitation, and stress.’
    • ‘It is also associated with memory difficulties, attentional problems, anxiety, agitation and then some individuals develop cognitive decline.’
    • ‘Depression can also cause anxiety and agitation.’
    • ‘Three days later, he began to experience hallucinations, delusions, anxiety, and agitation along with dizziness and nausea.’
    • ‘They can be very hard on themselves and when exhausted, can lapse into states of hypertension, agitation and acute anxiety.’
    • ‘Moreover, he was plagued by a kind of sullen, intense, nervous agitation, similar to that of a drug-addict experiencing withdrawal.’
    • ‘All had varying degrees of confusion, lack of alertness, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, depressed mood, and irritability.’
    • ‘Now that is the subject of trial the world over, and the trial results so far have been mixed, but there have been small numbers in all the trials reporting this increased anxiety or agitation.’
    • ‘The most common findings on presentation include: agitation, anxiety, tachycardia, and hypertension.’
    • ‘This reaction can include anxiety, agitation, muscle twitches, nausea, confusion and convulsions.’
    • ‘Discussing it too far in advance may produce anxiety and agitation.’
    anxiety, perturbation, disquiet, distress, concern, trouble, alarm, worry, upset
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  • 2Brisk stirring or disturbance of a liquid:

    ‘the techniques mostly involve agitation by stirring’
    • ‘The strains were grown at 30° on agar plates or in liquid culture with agitation.’
    • ‘Dangerous concentrations can be released by agitation of stored liquid manure.’
    • ‘When mixed with water, the oil and herbicide are suspended in the water and can separate without agitation.’
    • ‘Soak in hypo clearing agent for 3 minutes with agitation, or 10 minutes without agitation.’
    • ‘Inadequate agitation can result if the agitator control valve is not adjusted properly or if the pump has inadequate capacity.’
    • ‘It is governed by temperature, contact between the solids and liquid and the degree of agitation, time, and by the composition of the extracting liquid, in this case the grape juice as it becomes wine.’
    • ‘Use the gentle cycle if you are concerned about too much agitation.’
    • ‘I had to look up the word roil there as I was worried I had just created a portmanteau word from Boil and Oil - well sort of portmanteau but it does mean in a state of turbulence or agitation.’
    • ‘Even if all components appear compatible, the tank mixture will require constant agitation to prevent separation or poor distribution in the tank.’
    • ‘Can be used with minimal agitation when processing roll film in tanks for very pronounced adjacency effects that can result in great apparent sharpness.’
    • ‘Temperature also measures the degree of agitation of molecules in a liquid or a gas.’
    • ‘Because one of the prescribed modes of agitation is rolling the testing device, it is frequently called a roll-a-meter.’
    • ‘Therefore, reliability of liquid or slurry manure analysis results is best with agitation.’
    • ‘After vigorous agitation and phase separation the organic solution was removed and the solvent was evaporated under reduced pressure.’
    stirring, whisking, beating, churning, shaking, turbulence, tossing, blending, whipping, folding, rolling, jolting
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  • 3The arousing of public concern about an issue and pressing for action on it:

    ‘widespread agitation for social reform’
    • ‘We discussed it and decided to step up our agitation around the issue of wages.’
    • ‘It led to more assertive Catholic agitation over religious issues such as denominational schooling or the defence of Catholic doctrines.’
    • ‘There was agitation for reform and spies haunted the streets.’
    • ‘The media's apparent agitation on risky issues is part of their democratic function.’
    • ‘Rather, it was the product of years of activism and agitation on the part of activists from all walks of life.’
    • ‘If there's some agitation on the issue, on the sidelines, that's fine.’
    • ‘In the meantime, however, widespread agitation from the grassroots is precisely what's needed to build a fire under the seat of government in Washington.’
    • ‘Anarchist and socialist agitation lagged far behind on the scale of government concerns during that difficult decade.’
    • ‘It saw the Bread or Blood riots, frontier repressions and concerted anti-Chinese agitation.’
    • ‘One issue they've used to galvanize their public is continuing agitation to erode the constitutional safeguards against establishment of religion.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, shifting national coalitions also provided focal points for public antiwar information and agitation.’
    • ‘It increased popular support by its association with the land reform agitation.’
    • ‘It is unclear whether the decision was a response to widespread agitation.’
    • ‘In 1795, during a period of high food prices and severe public agitation, stones were thrown at the King's carriage as he went to Westminster to open a new session of parliament.’
    • ‘This meant above all the lawyers and office-holders who had been so conspicuous in all the public agitation since September 1788.’
    • ‘He would in fact have been hard-pressed to discuss postwar monetary and foreign policy or domestic issues such as labor agitation and demobilization.’
    • ‘There were issues around the relative effectiveness of parliamentary agitation and the morality of open rebellion, if it were almost certainly doomed to failure.’
    • ‘In Britain, the radical agitation of the Reform League had been successfully appropriated by the Liberal Party for the elections of 1868.’
    • ‘This issue is a priority for shareholder agitation.’
    • ‘The French socialists, on the other hand, were intent on stirring up revolutionary agitation.’
    campaigning, striving, battling, fighting, struggling, crusading
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    1. 3.1Indian [count noun] A public demonstration.
      • ‘Opposition youth wing to launch agitation against Left front’
      • ‘The march was to protest the alleged excesses of the City Police Commissioner against demonstrators during their recent agitation.’
      • ‘They have threatened to resort to agitation if any government official tried to get the shops closed forcibly or a fine is imposed upon them.’
      • ‘Besides, he has also pre-empted any move from fanatic and communal forces to launch an agitation on the issue.’
      • ‘He recalls some of the agitations and protests that the people of Eroor had staged during those days.’
      • ‘He ventured out to the crowd, as fish takes to water, as a good portion of his career was spent in the middle of public protests and agitations.’
      • ‘During the Assam agitation, the agitation-leaders came up with numbers like 4/5 millions of illegal aliens in Assam.’
      • ‘The authorities should mind the situation seriously; otherwise they would invite public agitation.’
      • ‘Hindus in Jammu rose up in protest in a movement known as the Praja Parishad agitation.’
      • ‘At the moment there are no auto strikes, no agitations, no issues either that can snowball into a major controversy - leading ultimately to closure of schools.’
      • ‘Routine agitations and protests against the rising number of liquor shops still continue.’
      • ‘Issues are being diverted by new issues, which are also evoking spontaneous agitations / demonstrations.’
      • ‘It appears that the sun does not set without at least one agitation, with protestors competing to put forth their demands in a novel manner.’
      • ‘But on account of strong opposition and launching of agitation by the students, their parents and the BJP, the state’
      • ‘They announced the launch of an agitation against the issue in the town from next month.’
      • ‘Many hang on to cameras and handycams to capture the protests and agitations.’
      • ‘In a statement issued here, the DUTA executive has announced that while it will call off the impending agitation, it will maintain a strict watch over the developments.’
      • ‘In Punjab, exorbitant prices of wheat, rice, barley and salt, fuelled great discontent that took the form of anti-Rowlatt Act agitations and protests.’
      • ‘Ito Sumardi said that five people from Jakarta had entered Surabaya in order to carry out agitation and encourage demonstrations.’
      • ‘After protest and agitation led by UP Urdu Teachers' Association, Urdu teachers started getting full salaries from 1997 onwards.’


Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘action, being active’): from Latin agitatio(n-), from the verb agitare (see agitate).