Agitate meaning

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The definition of agitate is to move something around in a forceful or violent movement.

An example of agitate is what the spin cycle on the washing machine does to the laundry being washed.

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To upset; disturb.

Was agitated by the alarming news.

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To keep discussing so as to stir up interest in and support for.
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To stir up interest and support through speeches and writing so as to produce changes.

To agitate for better working conditions.

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To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel.

``Winds . . . agitate the air. --Cowper.

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(rare) To move or actuate. --Thomson.
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To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb; as, he was greatly agitated.

The mind of man is agitated by various passions. --Johnson.

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To discuss with great earnestness; to debate; as, a controversy hotly agitated. --Boyle.
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To revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive busily; to devise; to plot; as, politicians agitate desperate designs.
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Agitate is defined as to annoy or frustrate someone.

An example of the word agitate is when a brother purposely irritates his sister by taunting her.

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To cause to move with violence or sudden force.
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To arouse interest in (a cause, for example) by use of the written or spoken word; discuss or debate.
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To stir up public interest in a cause.

Agitate for a tax reduction.

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To excite or disturb the feelings of.
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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

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

    From Wiktionary