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From Latin agitatus, past participle of agitare (to put in motion) < agere (to move). Compare with French agiter. See act, agent.


(RP) IPA: /ˈæ.dʒɪ.teɪt/ SAMPA: /"a.dZI.teIt/ (WEAE) IPA: /ˈæ.ʤɪ.tet/


to Agitate

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to Agitate (third-person singular simple present Agitates, present participle agitating, simple past and past participle agitated)
  1. To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel.
    ``Winds . . . agitate the air. --Cowper.
  2. (rare) To move or actuate. --Thomson.
  3. To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb; as, he was greatly agitated.
    The mind of man is agitated by various passions. --Johnson.
  4. To discuss with great earnestness; to debate; as, a controversy hotly agitated. --Boyle.
  5. To revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive busily; to devise; to plot; as, politicians agitate desperate designs.


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agitate f.

  1. Feminine form of agitato.


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