An example of agitate is what the spin cycle on the washing machine does to the laundry being washed.
Was agitated by the alarming news.
To agitate for better working conditions.
``Winds . . . agitate the air. --Cowper.
The mind of man is agitated by various passions. --Johnson.
An example of the word agitate is when a brother purposely irritates his sister by taunting her.
Agitate for a tax reduction.
Origin of agitate
- Latin agitāre agitāt- frequentative of agere to drive, do ag- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition