verb (used with object), ag·i·tat·ed, ag·i·tat·ing.
verb (used without object), ag·i·tat·ed, ag·i·tat·ing.
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What does agitate mean?
To agitate someone is to make them feel anxious, bothered, or worried. Someone who feels this way can be described as agitated. Things that make you feel this way can be described as agitating.
The noun agitation refers to the act or process of agitating in this way. It also commonly refers to the state or feeling of being agitated, as in There is a lot of agitation among the employees who have not yet been paid.
The verb agitate is also used in a more specific way to mean to attempt to promote support or opposition for a political or social cause, especially by repeatedly raising the issue and bringing awareness to it. The act of doing this can be called agitation, and a person who does this can be called an agitator.
Example: The cable news channel blaring in the waiting room really agitates me—they really shouldn’t have that around people who are about to get their blood pressure taken.
Where does agitate come from?
The first records of the word agitate come from the late 1500s. It comes from the Latin verb agitāre, meaning “to set in motion.”
In most of its senses, agitate involves stirring things up or setting things in motion in a way that’s a bit messy or turbulent. When you get agitated, your emotions get stirred up by something that’s frustrating, annoying, or stressful. When physical things are agitated, they are literally stirred up—the part of a washing machine that agitates the clothes (spins them around in the water) is called an agitator. Agitate in a political context involves stirring things up to make a change, especially in a way that’s a little controversial.
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What are some other forms related to agitate?
- agitated (past tense verb, adjective)
- agitating (continuous tense verb, adjective)
- agitation (noun)
- agitator (noun)
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How is agitate used in real life?
When it involves feelings of anxiousness, agitate is typically used in negative situations. When it refers to political activity, agitate usually implies that there is controversy or contentiousness involved.
The question “What are you gonna do after high school?” is starting to agitate me
— Baby J 💜 J.A.C (@jazzy_fayy18) December 24, 2017
The stiff winds were really agitating the water…. pic.twitter.com/akm8fUWHYw
— Sherry Winchester (@sambawoman) November 10, 2014
It irritates me when people wait until the last minute to do something. I’m a planner & being unorganized agitates me.
— Beat Goddess Media (@BGM_KB) November 2, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for agitate
California-based Lost Spirits uses a chemical reactor, while Ohio-based Cleveland Whiskey places its spirits in tanks together with barrel wood, then agitates the mixture and applies pressure.
At the same time, TV ad buyers are growing agitated by linear TV’s supply and demand dynamic.‘This was the zeitgeist year’: How TV networks sold advertisers on streaming in this year’s upfront|Tim Peterson|September 30, 2020|Digiday
Voters’ short-term memory is why we’re seeing Democrats agitating to take action.Why House Democrats have good reason to be anxious about no coronavirus relief deal|Amber Phillips|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
By that night, protesters and demonstrators gathered to express their outrage, and were further agitated as police pepper-sprayed them.Kenosha’s looting is a symptom of a decrepit democracy|Aaron Ross Coleman|September 4, 2020|Vox
That’s been true for YouTube stars who have agitated against its content-recommendation and advertising algorithms as well as Vine stars who saw Twitter allow that platform to wither away.‘There is a battle going on’: TikTok-Instagram rivalry for creators heating up|Tim Peterson|August 3, 2020|Digiday
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