verb (used without object), ag·o·nized, ag·o·niz·ing.
verb (used with object), ag·o·nized, ag·o·niz·ing.
Examples from the Web for agonize
The key is how much we can brood, and what is meant by brooding—is it to daydream, or is it to agonize over every detail?‘True Detective,’ Obsessive-Compulsive Noir, and ‘Twin Peaks’|Jimmy So|March 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The revenge factor would have been an added bonus, but really, what I wanted was for people to agonize over why I'd done it.
Parents stood up to agonize about their responsibility, as cosigners, for the loans of their now unemployed offspring.
I might agonize in words for a day and I should not express the delight.Wilfrid Cumbermede|George MacDonald
Then let him suffer, let him agonize; let him, if possible, break and go to that Hell that is the abode of broken resolves.The Good Soldier|Ford Madox Ford
To agonize and struggle in a bad condition is like struggling in quicksand, you get in deeper.Supreme Personality|Delmer Eugene Croft
Then, why agonize, why allow himself to be riven and tormented by longings and fears that seemed born out of something eternal?In the Wilderness|Robert Hichens
To that extent we, as much as he, are to blame for his crime and we must never cease to agonize for him and for such as he.Under the Law|Edwina Stanton Babcock
British Dictionary definitions for agonize
Word Origin for agonize
Word Origin and History for agonize
1580s, "to torture," from Middle French agoniser or directly from Medieval Latin agonizare, from Greek agonizesthai "to contend in the struggle" (see agony). Intransitive sense of "to suffer physical pain" is recorded from 1660s. That of "to worry intensely" is from 1853. Related: Agonized; agonizing.