- The definition of agitate is to move something around in a forceful or violent movement.
An example of agitate is what the spin cycle on the washing machine does to the laundry being washed.
- Agitate is defined as to annoy or frustrate someone.
An example of the word agitate is when a brother purposely irritates his sister by taunting her.
transitive verb-·tat·ed, -·tat·ing
- to move violently
- to stir up or shake up
- to excite or disturb the feelings of
- to keep discussing so as to stir up interest in and support for
Origin of agitatefrom Classical Latin agitatus, past participle of agitare, to put in motion from agere, act
verbag·i·tat·ed, ag·i·tat·ing, ag·i·tates
- To cause to move with violence or sudden force.
- To upset; disturb: was agitated by the alarming news.
- To arouse interest in (a cause, for example) by use of the written or spoken word; discuss or debate.
Origin of agitateLatin agitāre agitāt- frequentative of agere to drive, do ; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present agitates, present participle agitating, simple past and past participle agitated)
- To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel.
- ``Winds . . . agitate the air. --Cowper.
- (rare) To move or actuate. --Thomson.
- To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb; as, he was greatly agitated.
- The mind of man is agitated by various passions. --Johnson.
- To discuss with great earnestness; to debate; as, a controversy hotly agitated. --Boyle.
- To revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive busily; to devise; to plot; as, politicians agitate desperate designs.