- 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 ag&omacron;niz&amacron;re, from Greek ag&omacron;nizesthai, to struggle, from ag&omacron;n, contest; see agony.
(third-person singular simple present agonizes, present participle agonizing, simple past and past participle agonized)