agitate

  • 1 Agitate — Ag i*tate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Agitated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Agitating}.] [L. agitatus, p. p. of agitare to put in motion, fr. agere to move: cf. F. agiter. See {Act}, {Agent}.] 1. To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 agitate — [v1] shake physically beat, churn, concuss, convulse, disturb, rock, rouse, stir, toss; concept 152 Ant. calm, lull, quiet, soothe, tranquilize agitate [v2] disturb, trouble someone alarm, argue, arouse, bug*, bug up*, burn up*, confuse, craze*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 3 agitate — ► VERB 1) make troubled or nervous. 2) campaign to arouse public concern about an issue. 3) stir or disturb (a liquid) briskly. DERIVATIVES agitation noun. ORIGIN Latin agitare agitate, drive …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 agitate — [aj′i tāt΄] vt. agitated, agitating [< L agitatus, pp. of agitare, to put in motion < agere, ACT1] 1. a) to move violently b) to stir up or shake up 2. to excite or disturb the feelings of …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 agitate — I (activate) verb actuate, arouse, coax, electrify, energize, excite, exhort, ferment, foment, goad, impel, incite, induce, inflame, influence, inspire, inspirit, instigate, irritate, kindle, persuade, prompt, provoke, roil, rouse, spur,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 agitate — (v.) 1580s, to disturb, from L. agitatus, pp. of agitare to put in constant motion, drive onward, impel, frequentative of agere to move, drive (see AGITATION (Cf. agitation)). Literal sense of move to and fro, shake is from 1590s. Related:… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 agitate — 1 *shake, rock, convulse Analogous words: *stir, rouse, arouse: *move, actuate, drive, impel Antonyms: quiet, lull, still 2 perturb, *discompose, upset, fluster, flurry, disturb, disquiet Analogous words: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 agitate — [16] Agitate is one of a host of English words descended ultimately from Latin agere (see AGENT). Among the many meanings of agere was ‘drive, move’, and a verb derived from it denoting repeated action, agitāre, hence meant ‘move to and fro’.… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 9 agitate — [c]/ˈædʒəteɪt / (say ajuhtayt) verb (agitated, agitating) –verb (t) 1. to move or force into irregular action; shake or move: *A sigh of relief, the merest of zephyrs, coming from thirty listeners, was just sufficient to agitate the buttercups.… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 10 agitate — [16] Agitate is one of a host of English words descended ultimately from Latin agere (see AGENT). Among the many meanings of agere was ‘drive, move’, and a verb derived from it denoting repeated action, agitāre, hence meant ‘move to and fro’.… …

    Word origins

  • 11 agitate — v. 1) to agitate strongly 2) (D; intr.) to agitate against; for (they were agitating for reform) * * * [ ædʒɪteɪt] for (they were agitateing for reform) (D; intr.) to agitate against to agitate strongly …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 agitate — [[t]æ̱ʤɪteɪt[/t]] agitates, agitating, agitated 1) VERB If people agitate for something, they protest or take part in political activity in order to get it. [V for n] The women who worked in these mills had begun to agitate for better conditions …

    English dictionary

  • 13 agitate — agitable /aj i teuh beuhl/, adj. agitative, adj. /aj i tayt /, v., agitated, agitating. v.t. 1. to move or force into violent, irregular action: The hurricane winds agitated the sea. 2. to shake or move briskly: The machine agitated the mixture.… …

    Universalium

  • 14 agitate — verb /ˈæ.dʒɪ.teɪt,ˈæ.ʤɪ.tet/ a) To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel. Winds . . . agitate the air. Cowper. b) To move or actuate. Thomson. The mind of man is agitated by various… …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 agitate — a|gi|tate [ˈædʒıteıt] v [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of agitare, from agere; AGENT] 1.) to argue strongly in public for something you want, especially a political or social change agitate for/against ▪ unions agitating for …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 agitate — UK [ˈædʒɪteɪt] / US [ˈædʒɪˌteɪt] verb Word forms agitate : present tense I/you/we/they agitate he/she/it agitates present participle agitating past tense agitated past participle agitated 1) [intransitive] mainly journalism to try to cause social …

    English dictionary

  • 17 agitate — verb 1》 [often as adjective agitated] make troubled or nervous. 2》 campaign to arouse public concern about an issue. 3》 stir or disturb (a liquid) briskly. Derivatives agitatedly adverb agitation noun agitator noun Origin ME (in the sense drive… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 agitate — verb 1) any mention of Clare agitates my grandmother Syn: upset, perturb, fluster, ruffle, disconcert, unnerve, disquiet, disturb, distress, unsettle, unhinge; informal rattle, faze; discombobulate 2) she agitated for the appointment of more… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 agitate — verb 1) any mention of Clare agitates my grandmother Syn: upset, fluster, ruffle, disconcert, unnerve, disquiet, disturb, distress, unsettle; informal rattle, faze 2) agitate the solution Syn …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 20 agitate — verb ( tated; tating) Etymology: Latin agitatus, past participle of agitare, frequentative of agere to drive more at agent Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. obsolete to give motion to …

    New Collegiate Dictionary


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