verb (used with object), ag·i·tat·ed, ag·i·tat·ing.
verb (used without object), ag·i·tat·ed, ag·i·tat·ing.
Origin of agitate
Examples from the Web for agitate
He is always calling on “we,” “the population,” or “the people” to rally in the streets and agitate for a better future.
Zamora was handsome, passionate, and used his time on The Real World to educate and agitate.
Their leaders said some 20,000 people turned out to agitate in the Russian capital; officials put the number lower, around 8,000.Neo-Nationalist Violence Targets Central Asians In Russia|Anna Nemtsova|November 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
When they are out of power Republicans agitate to cut taxes and oppose tax increases.Fiscal Cliff Vote Fails Due to Republican Theology on Taxes|Daniel Gross|December 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
An American first lady was embracing a brand known for its willingness to push boundaries, to agitate, and even to offend.
So, for example, he began to agitate in 1904 against the vast territorial possessions of the Church in Croatia.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2|Henry Baerlein
Whether it is of any legal effect beyond the actual limits of our military lines, is a question that need not agitate us.
Let us forget the idle wranglings of the hour, and compose our minds to the great subjects which agitate eternity.Cape Cod Folks|Sarah P. McLean Greene
Passion—The doubt and the fear—the caprice and the change, which agitate the surface, swell also the tides of passion.
A wheel serves to agitate the liquid continually; its paddles being kept at two inches distance from the sides of the cistern.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
British Dictionary definitions for agitate
Word Origin for agitate
Word Origin and History for agitate
1580s, "to disturb," from Latin agitatus, past participle of agitare "to put in constant motion, drive onward, impel," frequentative of agere "to move, drive" (see agitation). Literal sense of "move to and fro, shake" is from 1590s. Related: Agitated; agitating.