agitate

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin agitatus, past participle of agitare (to put in motion), from agere (to move). Compare with French agiter. See act, agent.

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

  1. To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel.
    ``Winds . . . agitate the air. --Cowper.
  2. (rare) To move or actuate. --Thomson.
  3. To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb; as, he was greatly agitated.
    The mind of man is agitated by various passions. --Johnson.
  4. To discuss with great earnestness; to debate; as, a controversy hotly agitated. --Boyle.
  5. To revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive busily; to devise; to plot; as, politicians agitate desperate designs.

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Verb[edit]

agitate

  1. adverbial present passive participle of agitar

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Adjective[edit]

agitate f

  1. feminine plural of agitato

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

agitāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of agitō