Definition of Agitate

1. Verb. Try to stir up public opinion.

Exact synonyms: Foment, Stir Up
Generic synonyms: Provoke, Stimulate
Specialized synonyms: Rumpus
Derivative terms: Agitator, Fomentation, Fomenter

2. Verb. Cause to be agitated, excited, or roused. "The good news will agitate her"; "The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks"
Exact synonyms: Charge, Charge Up, Commove, Excite, Rouse, Turn On
Specialized synonyms: Hype Up, Psych Up, Bother, Pother, Electrify
Generic synonyms: Disturb, Trouble, Upset
Derivative terms: Agitative, Charge, Excitant, Excitement, Rousing, Turn-on
Antonyms: Calm

3. Verb. Exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for. "The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate"
Exact synonyms: Campaign, Crusade, Fight, Press, Push
Generic synonyms: Advertise, Advertize, Promote, Push
Related verbs: Advertise, Advertize, Promote, Push
Derivative terms: Campaign, Crusade, Crusader, Fighter, Push

4. Verb. Move very slightly. "The streets agitate with crowds"; "He shifted in his seat"
Exact synonyms: Budge, Shift, Stir
Generic synonyms: Move
Derivative terms: Shift, Shifting

5. Verb. Move or cause to move back and forth. "My hands were shaking"

6. Verb. Change the arrangement or position of.
Exact synonyms: Commove, Disturb, Raise Up, Shake Up, Stir Up, Vex
Specialized synonyms: Beat, Scramble, Toss, Rile, Roil, Poke
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move

Definition of Agitate

1. v. t. To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel.

Definition of Agitate

1. Verb. To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel. ¹

2. Verb. (rare) To move or actuate. --Thomson. ¹

3. Verb. To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb; as, he was greatly agitated. ¹

4. Verb. To discuss with great earnestness; to debate; as, a controversy hotly agitated. --Boyle. ¹

5. Verb. To revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive busily; to devise; to plot; as, politicians agitate desperate designs. ¹

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Definition of Agitate

1. to move with a violent, irregular action [v -TATED, -TATING, -TATES] : AGITABLE [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Agitate

agitate (current term)
agitated depression

Literary usage of Agitate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Great Conspiracy by John Alexander Logan (1886)
"... to agitate the North. Hence, day after day, Democrat after Democrat, in the one House or the other, continued to air his disloyal opinions, ..."

2. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"... real carnivorous Englishmen ; together with many other productions that agitate Sir Joseph and fill him with mingled emotions of distress and delight. ..."

3. The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut [1636-1776] by Connecticut, Connecticut General Assembly, James Hammond Trumbull, Charles Jeremy Hoadly, Council of Safety (Conn.). (1874)
"The above report is accepted and approved by this Assembly, and Roger Wolcott, Esqr, is nominated and appointed to agitate the affairs mentioned in the ..."

4. The Journal of the Rev. Francis Asbury, Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal by Francis Asbury (1821)
"The unparalleled wickedness of the people of this place, and the spirit of contention among the professors of religion, most severely agitate my mind. ..."

5. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1885)
"... government of the Church, it was the «rise of the Assembly that it was unwise to agitate the subject of change so soon after this hid been done. ..."

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