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Inflections of ' ' ( agitate ): ( v ⇒ conjugate) agitates v 3rd person singular agitating v pres p verb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing." agitated v past verb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." agitated v past p verb, 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.
to move or force into violent, irregular action: The strong winds agitated the plane. [~ + object ]
to disturb or excite emotionally; upset; perturb: Please don't agitate the patients. [~ + object ] to arouse public interest and support for or against (a political or social cause): to agitate for repeal of a tax. [~ + for/against + object ]
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
(aj ′i tāt′), USA pronunciation v., -tat•ed, -tat•ing. v.t.
to move or force into violent, irregular action: The hurricane winds agitated the sea.
to shake or move briskly: The machine agitated the mixture.
to move to and fro; impart regular motion to.
to disturb or excite emotionally; arouse; perturb: a crowd agitated to a frenzy by impassioned oratory; a man agitated by disquieting news.
to call attention to by speech or writing; discuss; debate: to agitate the question.
to consider on all sides; revolve in the mind; plan. v.i.
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.
(aj ′i tāt′), USA pronunciation adj.
ag ′i•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 - ate 1 1580–90
1. disturb, toss. See corresponding entry in Unabridged 3. wave. See corresponding entry in Unabridged 4. ruffle, fluster, roil. See corresponding entry in Unabridged 5. dispute. See corresponding entry in Unabridged
1. calm, soothe. See corresponding entry in Unabridged
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
agitate / ˈædʒɪˌteɪt/ vb ( transitive) to excite, disturb, or trouble (a person, the mind, or feelings); worry ( transitive) to cause to move vigorously; shake, stir, or disturb ( intr;) often followed by for or against to attempt to stir up public opinion for or against something Etymology: 16 th 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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