- excited; disturbed.
- to move or force into violent, irregular action: The hurricane winds agitated the sea.
- to shake or move briskly: The machine agitated the mixture.
- to move to and fro; impart regular motion to.
- to disturb or excite emotionally; arouse; perturb: a crowd agitated to a frenzy by impassioned oratory; a man agitated by disquieting news.
- to call attention to by speech or writing; discuss; debate: to agitate the question.
- to consider on all sides; revolve in the mind; plan.
- to arouse or attempt to arouse public interest and support, as in some political or social cause or theory: to agitate for the repeal of a tax.
Origin of agitate
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Examples from the Web for agitated
The meeting wound down shortly afterward but not before an agitated President Reagan warned once more against leaks.How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations
November 3, 2014
At first, the doctors write, the villagers were “fearful and agitated,” lacking the basic necessities needed to survive.1976 Vs. Today: Ebola’s Terrifying Evolution
September 10, 2014
My 10-year-old son Buster headed straight for the agitated water.Why I Hate The Beach
P. J. O’Rourke
July 27, 2014
His assistant manager, DOUG STAMPER, is agitated, pacing back and forth, while UNDERWOOD calmly eats a breadstick.Frank Underwood Will Not Tolerate Insubordination in This Olive Garden
Kelly Williams Brown
February 24, 2014
As I left with an agitated employer, Kemp encouraged me to reach out to him if I wanted to get to know him better.Jack Kemp 2016: The Case for Paul Ryan
December 13, 2013
He was reading when I approached him, and he looked flushed and agitated.
I'm so agitated by recent events, that, that—indeed you must excuse me.
She interrupted him quickly, and was so agitated that she stammered her words at random.The Dream
What shook the pillars of the Union when the Missouri question was agitated?The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Arthur Channing, pale and agitated, came running from his home.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
- (tr) to excite, disturb, or trouble (a person, the mind, or feelings); worry
- (tr) to cause to move vigorously; shake, stir, or disturb
- (intr; often foll by for or against) to attempt to stir up public opinion for or against something
- (tr) to discuss or debate in order to draw attention to or gain support for (a cause, etc)to agitate a political cause
Word Origin and History for agitated
1610s, "set in motion," past participle adjective from agitate (v.). Meaning "disturbed" is from 1650s; that of "disturbed in mind" is from 1756. Meaning "kept constantly in public view" is from 1640s.