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
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.
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)