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agitate

ag·i·tate

agitate

 
pronunciation:
ae j teIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: agitated, agitates, agitating
definition 1: to cause to move briskly or with force.
A washing machine works by agitating the clothes.The wind agitated the curtains.
synonyms:
churn, shake
similar words:
convulse, jiggle, ruffle, toss, trouble, vibrate
definition 2: to upset or excite, esp. emotionally.
His indifference agitated me.
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synonyms:
disturb, excite, fluster, ignite, inflame, perturb, rile, rock, roil, shake, shock, trouble, unsettle, upset
antonyms:
calm, compose, lull, soothe, still, tranquilize
similar words:
alarm, bother, discompose, disorder, disquiet, distract, exercise, flurry, instigate, jar, provoke, rattle, ruffle, stir, work up
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to arouse, or attempt to arouse, public support (often fol. by for or against).
Feminists agitate for women's rights.
similar words:
advance, argue for, foment, incite, instigate, promote, provoke
derivations: agitated (adj.), agitatedly (adv.)
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The word agitate contains the following parts:
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).