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



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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Cowper
      Winds . . . agitate the air.
  2. (rare) To move or actuate.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Thomson to this entry?)
  3. To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb; as, he was greatly agitated.
    The mind of man is agitated by various passions.
  4. To discuss with great earnestness; to debate; as, a controversy hotly agitated.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Boyle to this entry?)
  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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  1. adverbial present passive participle of agitar



agitate f

  1. feminine plural of agitato





  1. first-person plural present active imperative of agitō