[ aj-i-tey-ter ]
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  1. a person who stirs up others in order to upset the status quo and further a political, social, or other cause: The boss said he would fire any union agitators.

  2. a machine or device for agitating and mixing.

Origin of agitator

First recorded in 1730–40; agitate + -or2

Other words from agitator

  • ag·i·ta·to·ri·al [aj-i-tuh-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-], /ˌædʒ ɪ təˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use agitator in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for agitator


/ (ˈædʒɪˌteɪtə) /

  1. a person who agitates for or against a cause, etc

  2. a device, machine, or part used for mixing, shaking, or vibrating a material, usually a fluid

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