Agitate Definition

agitated, agitates, agitating
agitated, agitates, agitating
To cause to move with violence or sudden force.
American Heritage
To move violently.
Webster's New World
To stir up interest and support through speeches and writing so as to produce changes.
To agitate for better working conditions.
Webster's New World
To upset; disturb.
Was agitated by the alarming news.
American Heritage
To stir up or shake up.
Webster's New World

Origin of Agitate

  • From Latin agitatus, past participle of agitare (“to put in motion”), from agere (“to move”). Compare with French agiter. See act, agent.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin agitāre agitāt- frequentative of agere to drive, do ag- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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