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agonize

[ ag-uh-nahyz ]
/ 藞忙g 蓹藢na瑟z /
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verb (used without object), ag路o路nized, ag路o路niz路ing.
to suffer extreme pain or anguish; be in agony.
to put forth great effort of any kind.
verb (used with object), ag路o路nized, ag路o路niz路ing.
to distress with extreme pain; torture.
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Also especially British, ag路o路nise .

Origin of agonize

1575鈥85; <Medieval Latin ag艒niz膩re<Greek ag艒n铆zesthai to struggle (for a prize), equivalent to ag艒n-agon + -izesthai-ize
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British Dictionary definitions for agonize

agonize

agonise

/ (藞忙伞蓹藢na瑟z) /

verb
to suffer or cause to suffer agony
(intr) to make a desperate effort; struggle; strive

Derived forms of agonize

agonizingly or agonisingly, adverb

Word Origin for agonize

C16: via Medieval Latin from Greek ag艒nizesthai to contend for a prize, from ag艒n agon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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