Definitions for: Agitate


[v] cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; "The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks"
[v] change the arrangement or position of
[v] move or cause to move quickly back and forth; "The chemist shook the flask vigorously"; "My hands were shaking"
[v] move very slightly; "He shifted in his seat"
[v] try to stir up public opinion
[v] 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 liberal party pushed for reforms"; "She is crusading for women's rights"; "The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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 sea; to agitate water in a vessel. ``Winds .
. . agitate the air.'' --Cowper.

2. To move or actuate. [R.] --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.

Syn: To move; shake; excite; rouse; disturb; distract;
revolve; discuss; debate; canvass.

Synonyms: budge, campaign, charge, charge up, commove, commove, crusade, disturb, excite, fight, foment, press, push, raise up, rouse, shake, shake up, shift, stir, stir up, stir up, turn on, vex

Antonyms: calm, calm down, lull, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize

See Also: advertise, advertize, beat, bother, concuss, convulse, displace, disturb, electrify, fan, fluff up, hype up, jactitate, jiggle, joggle, move, move, palpitate, plump up, poke, pother, promote, provoke, psych up, quake, rattle, rile, roil, rumpus, scramble, shake up, slash, sparge, stimulate, succuss, thrash, thrash about, thresh, thresh about, toss, toss, tremble, tremor, trouble, upset, wiggle

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