Definition of Agitate in English :

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Agitate meaning in English

Meaning of Agitate in English

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1. agitate, foment, stir up

try to stir up public opinion

2. agitate, charge, charge up, commove, excite, rouse, turn on

cause to be agitated, excited, or roused

Example Sentences:
'The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks'

3. agitate, campaign, crusade, fight, press, push

exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for

Example Sentences:
'The liberal party pushed for reforms'
'She is crusading for women's rights'
'The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate'

4. agitate, budge, shift, stir

move very slightly

Example Sentences:
'He shifted in his seat'

5. agitate, shake

move or cause to move back and forth

Example Sentences:
'The chemist shook the flask vigorously'
'My hands were shaking'

6. agitate, commove, disturb, raise up, shake up, stir up, vex

change the arrangement or position of

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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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 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

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verb transitiveWord forms: ˈagiˌtated or ˈagiˌtating
to move violently
to stir up or shake up
to excite or disturb the feelings of
to keep discussing so as to stir up interest in and support for
verb intransitive
to stir up interest and support through speeches and writing so as to produce changes
to agitate for better working conditions

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


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v. ag·i·tat·ed, ag·i·tat·ing, ag·i·tates
1. To cause to move with violence or sudden force.
2. To upset; disturb: was agitated by the alarming news.
3. To arouse interest in (a cause, for example) by use of the written or spoken word; discuss or debate.
To stir up public interest in a cause: agitate for a tax reduction.

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