Irritate meaning

ĭrĭ-tāt
To make sore or inflamed.

The smoke irritated my eyes.

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To cause (someone) to feel impatient or angry; annoy.

A loud, bossy voice that irritates listeners.

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(physiology) To cause a physiological response to a stimulus in (a cell, body tissue, or organism).
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To be a cause of impatience or anger.
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The definition of irritate is to aggravate or annoy, or to cause itchiness, inflammation or discomfort in or on the body.

When you annoy someone, this is an example of a time when you irritate them.

When a sweater causes you to itch and causes your skin to become red, this is an example of when your sweater irritates the skin.

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To excite to anger; provoke; annoy; exasperate.
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To cause (an organ or part of the body) to be inflamed or sore.
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(physiol.) To excite (an organ, muscle, etc.) to a characteristic action or function by a stimulus.
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To make sore or inflamed.

The smoke irritated my eyes.

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(physiology) To cause a physiological response to a stimulus in (a cell, body tissue, or organism).
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(intransitive) To cause or induce displeasure or irritation.
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To induce pain in (all or part of a body or organism).
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To cause someone to feel impatient or angry; annoy.

A loud, bossy voice that irritates listeners.

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Origin of irritate

  • Latin irrītāre irrītāt-

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

  • From Latin irritatus, past participle of irritare (“to excite, irritate, incite, stimulate”)

    From Wiktionary