agitate

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈædʒɪteɪt/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈædʒɪˌteɪt/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(aji tāt′)

Inflections of 'agitate' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
agitates
v 3rd person singular
agitating
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
agitated
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
agitated
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ag•i•tate /ˈædʒɪˌteɪt/USA pronunciation   v.,  -tat•ed, -tat•ing. 
  1. to move or force into violent, irregular action:[~ + object]The strong winds agitated the plane.
  2. to disturb or excite emotionally; upset;
    perturb:[~ + object]Please don't agitate the patients.
  3. to arouse public interest and support for or against (a political or social cause):[+ for/against + object]to agitate for repeal of a tax.
ag•i•ta•tion /ˌædʒɪˈteɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]
ag•i•ta•tor, n. [countable]See -ag-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ag•i•tate  (aji tāt′),USA pronunciation v.,  -tat•ed, -tat•ing. 
v.t. 
  1. to move or force into violent, irregular action:The hurricane winds agitated the sea.
  2. to shake or move briskly:The machine agitated the mixture.
  3. to move to and fro; impart regular motion to.
  4. to disturb or excite emotionally;
    arouse;
    perturb:a crowd agitated to a frenzy by impassioned oratory; a man agitated by disquieting news.
  5. to call attention to by speech or writing;
    discuss;
    debate:to agitate the question.
  6. to consider on all sides;
    revolve in the mind;
    plan.

v.i. 
  1. to 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.
ag•i•ta•ble  (aji tāt′),USA pronunciation adj.  agi•ta′tive, adj. 
  • Latin agitātus (past participle of agitāre to set in motion), equivalent. to ag- (root of agere to drive) + -it- frequentative suffix + -ātus -ate1
  • 1580–90
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged disturb, toss.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged wave.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ruffle, fluster, roil.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dispute.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged calm, soothe.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
agitate /ˈædʒɪˌteɪt/ vb
  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. (intr; often followed by for or against) to attempt to stir up public opinion for or against something
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin agitātus, from agitāre to move to and fro, set into motion, from agere to act, do

ˈagiˌtated adj ˈagiˌtatedly adv
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