[ aj-i-tey-tid ]
/ ˈædʒ ɪˌteɪ tɪd /
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excited; disturbed.
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What does agitated mean?

To feel agitated is to feel anxious, bothered, or worried.

The verb agitate means to make someone feel this way.

It can also mean to shake something up, stir it up, or cause it to move around roughly, as in The storm is agitating the water, stirring up huge waves. The adjective agitated can also be used to describe something that has been stirred up in this way.

The noun agitation can refer to the feeling of being agitated, as in There is a lot of agitation among the employees who have not yet been paid. 

Example: The cable news channel blaring in the waiting room makes me really agitated—they really shouldn’t have that around people who are about to get their blood pressure taken.

Where does agitated come from?

The first records of the word agitated as an adjective come from the 1600s. It comes from the past tense of the verb agitate, which derives from the Latin verb agitāre, meaning “to set in motion.”

Using agitated to describe things or people usually means that something has been stirred up or set in motion in a way that’s a bit messy or turbulent. When people become agitated, their emotions have been stirred up—the word implies the opposite of stillness or calm. The same goes for things that are described as agitated.

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What are some other forms related to agitated?

  • agitatedly (adverb)
  • agitate (verb)

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How is agitated used in real life?

Describing someone (or yourself) as agitated usually means that something or someone is causing feelings of tension or stress.


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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of agitated?

A. calm
B. perturbed
C. flustered
D. tense

How to use agitated in a sentence