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irritate

[ ir-i-teyt ]
/ 藞瑟r 瑟藢te瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ir路ri路tat路ed, ir路ri路tat路ing.
to excite to impatience or anger; annoy.
Physiology, Biology. to excite (a living system) to some characteristic action or function.
Pathology. to bring (a body part) to an abnormally excited or sensitive condition.
verb (used without object), ir路ri路tat路ed, ir路ri路tat路ing.
to cause irritation or become irritated.
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Origin of irritate

1525鈥35; <Latin irr墨t膩tus, past participle of irr墨t膩re to arouse to anger, excite, aggravate, equivalent to irrit膩- v. stem + -tus past participle suffix

synonym study for irritate

1. Irritate, exasperate, provoke mean to annoy or stir to anger. To irritate is to excite to impatience or angry feeling, often of no great depth or duration: to irritate by refusing to explain an action. To exasperate is to irritate to a point where self-control is threatened or lost: to exasperate by continual delays and excuses. To provoke is to stir to a sudden, strong feeling of resentful anger as by unwarrantable acts or wanton annoyance: to tease and provoke an animal until it attacks.

OTHER WORDS FROM irritate

ir路ri路ta路tor, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH irritate

aggravate, annoy, irritate
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British Dictionary definitions for irritate

irritate
/ (藞瑟r瑟藢te瑟t) /

verb
to annoy or anger (someone)
(tr) biology to stimulate (an organism or part) to respond in a characteristic manner
(tr) pathol to cause (a bodily organ or part) to become excessively stimulated, resulting in inflammation, tenderness, etc

Derived forms of irritate

irritator, noun

Word Origin for irritate

C16: from Latin irr墨t膩re to provoke, exasperate
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