- to make convulsive efforts; struggle
- to be in agony or great pain; feel anguish
Origin: Late Latin agonizare ; from Classical Greek agōnizesthai, to contend for a prize ; from agōn, agon
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verb ag·o·nized, ag·o·niz·ing, ag·o·niz·es verb, intransitive
- To suffer extreme pain or great anguish.
- To make a great effort; struggle.
Origin: Medieval Latin agōnizāre, from Greek agōnizesthai, to struggle, from agōn, contest; see agony.
- agˈo·nizˌing·ly adverb