- (transitive) To disturb or excite; to perturb or stir up (a person). [from 16th c.]
- He was greatly agitated by the news.
- (transitive) To cause to move with a violent, irregular action; to shake. [from 16th c.]
- the wind agitates the sea
- to agitate water in a vessel
- 1830, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford:
- It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
- (transitive, obsolete) To set in motion; to actuate. [16th–18th c.]
- (transitive, now rare) To discuss or debate. [from 16th c.]
- (transitive, now rare) To revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to consider, to devise. [from 17th c.]
- politicians agitate desperate designs
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- “agitate”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “agitate”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “agitate”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)
- present adverbial passive participle of agiti
- adverbial present passive participle of agitar
- to agitate
- “agitate” in Eagle, Andy, editor, The Online Scots Dictionary, 2016.