Definition of agitate in English:

agitate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Make (someone) troubled or nervous.

    ‘the thought of questioning Toby agitated him extremely’
    • ‘Initially, he was extremely agitated but had normal neurologic examination results.’
    • ‘Pacing around the room, his broad shoulders tight with nervous energy, he is agitated.’
    • ‘I had to make a decision; there were too many questions that kept agitating me.’
    • ‘By the time I enter the plane, I'm agitated and surrounded by people who look as if nothing unusual at all is happening.’
    • ‘He was extremely agitated and wouldn't let anyone near him before his father turned up.’
    • ‘She hadn't had a nightmare, or a panic attack or anything of that sort, yet she was extremely agitated.’
    • ‘Undoubtedly, my observations will once again agitate a few people who will tell me that I should get behind U.S. automakers instead of criticizing them.’
    • ‘By Sunday I was extremely agitated and highly restless.’
    • ‘This person is agitated, anxious restless, tremulous and looses appetite and cannot sleep.’
    • ‘The decline and fall of everything is our daily dread; we are agitated in private life and tormented by public questions.’
    • ‘At first he was extremely agitated that she was standing so close to his private zone.’
    • ‘She felt lost, empty, dead when she was surrounded by numbers of bright people and it agitated her.’
    • ‘Mark had learnt, during their talk that the man's name was Joseph but everyone referred to him as Josh, and he was extremely agitated.’
    • ‘He was extremely agitated, which together with a smell of alcohol on his breath led to a suspicion of driving while under the influence of drink and drugs.’
    • ‘She was slightly agitated and upset, but not upset enough to run away.’
    • ‘At the moment she is agitated and distressed, but I'm sure in time, with the help and understanding from the carers, she will adjust to her new home.’
    • ‘In the emergency department, the patient was agitated, diaphoretic, and in extreme respiratory distress.’
    • ‘I noted on more than one occasion that he was distressed during the interview and noted that he was so agitated at times that he could not sit in his seat.’
    • ‘When he comes home from school he is very agitated and upset, and can't understand why he is being picked on.’
    • ‘If you're going to agitate a person by getting them to eat certain foods, I think you've not given them a quality experience.’
    upset, perturb, fluster, ruffle, disconcert, unnerve, disquiet, disturb, distress, unsettle, bother, concern, trouble, cause anxiety to, make anxious, alarm, work up, flurry, worry
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    1. 1.1no object Campaign to arouse public concern about an issue in the hope of prompting action.
      ‘they agitated for a reversal of the decision’
      • ‘The bigger clubs could even win their long-sought prize of negotiating their own television deals - something Celtic and Rangers have agitated for in the past.’
      • ‘Who, in fact, were the actors who agitated for a naked public square, and what were the grievances or desired benefits that drove their activism?’
      • ‘It has agitated for better sex education in order to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies and the spread of venereal diseases.’
      • ‘We all know what a difficult road this is and many of us have agitated for substantial improvements to it.’
      • ‘Cabramatta was a community of ordinary people like that old man, who recognised the problems of drugs and organised crime in their community and spoke up and agitated for change.’
      • ‘Behind the scenes, she agitated for parity with the male stars of the Paris Opera and for a say in how the company was managed.’
      • ‘He would never finish higher than sixth in the league with West Ham; and although he periodically agitated for a move to Spurs, the West Ham board always insisted on him staying.’
      • ‘They seemed generally wary of taking ‘political’ stances on issues and preferred to cooperate with rather than agitate against the re-emerging government.’
      • ‘Great credit is to neighbour James Whelan who agitated for years for those lights, he held meetings in his house and made a great effort, so thanks to James we have a lovely bright cross.’
      • ‘‘I've remorselessly agitated for a full public inquiry but the powers that be have just kicked me into touch so to speak,’ he said.’
      • ‘In September 1941 he agitated for reform, pointing out the problems of producing work that was effective and up-to-date.’
      • ‘There he agitated for free speech.’
      • ‘But her reporting is most powerful when recounting the isolated voices within the establishment who agitated for intervention.’
      • ‘They agitated for American independence and the abolishment of slavery in the United States.’
      • ‘They agitated for ‘national’ interests only as long as they could camouflage their own interests as nationalist.’
      • ‘They also agitated for free speech and assembly, the liberation of political prisoners and for the abolition of grain requisitioning.’
      • ‘She has agitated for a better senior center south of Interstate 90 since the early 1990s.’
      • ‘Reporting back, he agitated for reform, so troubled was he by the abuses he had uncovered.’
      • ‘Subsequently, with other intellectuals, he agitated for political and social change, earning a reputation as a mild radical and socialist.’
      • ‘They agitated for loan deals to get some games and are likely to want some guarantees as to appearances.’
      campaign, strive, battle, fight, struggle, crusade, push, press
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    2. 1.2 Stir or disturb (something, especially a liquid) briskly.
      ‘agitate the water to disperse the oil’
      • ‘Boiling also agitates the water, increasing the amount of foam.’
      • ‘Be sure the entire tank is agitated and mixed before spraying.’
      • ‘A pump inside the tank agitates the water, to ensure that the ice doesn't get too cold, and that the crystals produced remain on the small side.’
      • ‘Filler can settle out of suspension, requiring the material to be stirred or agitated before and after it is removed from the container.’
      • ‘The dress must be basically washable in warm water & able to be agitated at least somewhat for uniform dyeing.’
      • ‘The plants were thoroughly washed by adding water to the bags and agitating them vigorously for 1 min.’
      • ‘Pigs and cattle have died when liquid manure stored in pits under slotted floors was agitated.’
      • ‘This was done by gently agitating each sample in a bucket of water and decanting the floating charcoal into a .5 mm geologic screen or into .3 mm fine mesh.’
      • ‘In the morning, agitate the water with a toilet brush and flush.’
      • ‘With a semisolid or solid manure storage, manure can be hauled when ever time allows without planning ahead to agitate the storage as is required with liquid storages.’
      • ‘The possible source of the SARS virus in that epidemic was agitated sewage water.’
      • ‘In some management systems, agitating the liquid in pits has greatly reduced fly breeding.’
      • ‘As he had mentioned to Vanessa, they needed a really good blow to agitate the sea, stir up its bed and move larger objects to the surface.’
      • ‘Cuvette temperature was controlled by a circulating water bath, and the contents were continuously agitated by a magnetic stirring bar.’
      • ‘It is soluble in water, which means, before conducting atmosphere readings in tanks and void spaces, any residual water will need to be agitated or mopped up.’
      • ‘To prevent steam bubbles forming soft spots, a water quenching bath should be agitated.’
      • ‘This crust helps control odors and should not be disturbed until the waste is agitated, just prior to field spreading.’
      • ‘The lead within the condensers is constantly agitated so as to produce lead droplets, onto which the zinc vapour condenses.’
      • ‘She agitates the water and then places the cup on the middle of the plastic platform.’
      • ‘During and after settling, care should be taken not to agitate the water.’
      stir, whisk, beat, churn, shake, toss, blend, whip, whip up, fold, roil, jolt, disturb
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘drive away’): from Latin agitat- ‘agitated, driven’, from agitare, frequentative of agere ‘do, drive’.

Pronunciation

agitate

/ˈædʒəˌteɪt//ˈajəˌtāt/