Verb agitate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


agitate (third-person singular simple present agitates, present participle agitating, simple past and past participle agitated)

  1. (transitive) To cause to move with a violent, irregular action
  2. (intransitive, rare) To move or actuate.
  3. (transitive) To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb
  4. (transitive) To discuss with great earnestness; to debate
  5. (transitive) To revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive busily; to devise; to plot

More definition: move or force into violent, irregular action, The hurricane winds agitated the sea. shake or move briskly, The machine agitated the mixture. move to and fro; impart regular motion to. disturb or excite emotionally; arouse; perturb, a crowd agitated to a frenzy by impassioned oratory; a man agitated by disquieting news. call attention to by speech or writing; discuss; debate, to agitate the question. consider on all sides; revolve in the mind; plan. arouse or attempt to arouse public interest and support, as in some political or social cause or theory, to agitate for the repeal of a tax.

1. (transitive) to excite, disturb, or trouble (a person, the mind, or feelings); worry

2. (transitive) to cause to move vigorously; shake, stir, or disturb

3. (intransitive; often foll by for or against) to attempt to stir up public opinion for or against something

4. (transitive) to discuss or debate in order to draw attention to or gain support for (a cause, etc), to agitate a political cause Derived Formsagitated, adjectiveagitatedly, adverb Word OriginC16, from Latin agitātus, from agitāre to move to and fro, set into motion, from agere to act, doCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1580s, "to disturb," from Latin agitatus, past participle of agitare "to put in constant motion, drive onward, impel," frequentative of agere "to move, drive" (see agitation). Literal sense of "move to and fro, shake" is from 1590s. Related, Agitated; agitating.


She rose and trailed him from the house to the car, unable to guess what could agitate him if killing people didn't.

Her scent permeated his very skin to agitate his already heated blood.

In view of his attitude before annexation, it was not surprising that Kruger should be one of the first men to agitate against it afterwards.

The calcination is preferably effected in mechanical roasters, it being especially necessary to agitate the ore continually, otherwise it cakes.

They would agitate by means of the so-called National Masonry, or National Patriotic Society as it was afterwards called, for the restoration of the full kingdom of Poland.

This increased his influence with the secret society, which, under the feeble government of Tewfik Pasha and the Dual Control, began to agitate against Europeans.

He continued, however, so openly to agitate for the retrocession of the country, being a member of two deputations which went to England endeavouring to get the annexation annulled, that in 1878 Sir Theophilus Shepstone, the British administrator, dismissed him from his service.

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