- 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 verbagitated, agitating
- 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 agitate; from 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.