Definition of agitation in English:



  • 1A state of anxiety or nervous excitement.

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

    • ‘When mixed with water, the oil and herbicide are suspended in the water and can separate without agitation.’
    • ‘Dangerous concentrations can be released by agitation of stored liquid manure.’
    • ‘Even if all components appear compatible, the tank mixture will require constant agitation to prevent separation or poor distribution in the tank.’
    • ‘Soak in hypo clearing agent for 3 minutes with agitation, or 10 minutes without agitation.’
    • ‘The strains were grown at 30° on agar plates or in liquid culture with agitation.’
    • ‘Therefore, reliability of liquid or slurry manure analysis results is best with agitation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Inadequate agitation can result if the agitator control valve is not adjusted properly or if the pump has inadequate capacity.’
    • ‘Because one of the prescribed modes of agitation is rolling the testing device, it is frequently called a roll-a-meter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 action of arousing public concern about an issue and pressing for action on it.

    ‘widespread agitation for social reform’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The French socialists, on the other hand, were intent on stirring up revolutionary agitation.’
    • ‘It is unclear whether the decision was a response to widespread agitation.’
    • ‘Rather, it was the product of years of activism and agitation on the part of activists from all walks of life.’
    • ‘It increased popular support by its association with the land reform agitation.’
    • ‘There was agitation for reform and spies haunted the streets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The media's apparent agitation on risky issues is part of their democratic function.’
    • ‘In Britain, the radical agitation of the Reform League had been successfully appropriated by the Liberal Party for the elections of 1868.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This issue is a priority for shareholder agitation.’
    • ‘There were issues around the relative effectiveness of parliamentary agitation and the morality of open rebellion, if it were almost certainly doomed to failure.’
    campaigning, striving, battling, fighting, struggling, crusading
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Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘action, being active’): from Latin agitatio(n-), from the verb agitare (see agitate).