intransitive verb-·nized·, -·niz·ing
- to make convulsive efforts; struggle
- to be in agony or great pain; feel anguish
Origin of agonizeLate Latin agonizare from Classical Greek ag?nizesthai, to contend for a prize from ag?n, agon
to cause great pain to; torture
verbag·o·nized, ag·o·niz·ing, ag·o·niz·es
- To suffer mental anguish or worry about something: agonized over the difficult decision.
- To suffer extreme pain: The explorers agonized in the hot sun.
To cause great pain or anguish to. See Synonyms at afflict.
Origin of agonizeMedieval Latin agōnizāre from Greek agōnizesthai to struggle from agōn contest ; see agony .
(third-person singular simple present agonizes, present participle agonizing, simple past and past participle agonized)