agonize

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈægənaɪz/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈægəˌnaɪz/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(agə nīz′)


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

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ag•o•nize /ˈægəˌnaɪz/USA pronunciation   v. [~ + over + object], -nized, -niz•ing. 
  1. to suffer great pain, anguish, or anxiety, as by thinking about something continuously:They agonized every night over their decision.
ag•o•nized, adj.: agonized cries of pain.
ag•o•niz•ing, adj.: an agonizing decision.
ag•o•niz•ing•ly, adv. See -agon-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ag•o•nize  (agə nīz′),USA pronunciation v.,  -nized, -niz•ing. 
v.i. 
  1. to suffer extreme pain or anguish;
    be in agony.
  2. to put forth great effort of any kind.

v.t. 
  1. to distress with extreme pain;
    torture.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] ago•nise′. 
  • Greek agōnízesthai to struggle (for a prize), equivalent. to agōn- agon + -izesthai -ize
  • Medieval Latin agōnizāre
  • 1575–85

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
agonize, agonise /ˈæɡəˌnaɪz/ vb
  1. to suffer or cause to suffer agony
  2. (intransitive) to make a desperate effort; struggle; strive
Etymology: 16th Century: via Medieval Latin from Greek agōnizesthai to contend for a prize, from agōn agon

ˈagoˌnizingly, ˈagoˌnisingly adv
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