Definition of irritate in English:

irritate

Syllabification: ir·ri·tate
Pronunciation: /ˈiriˌtāt
 
/

verb

[with object]

Derivatives

irritative

Pronunciation: /-ˌtātiv/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Irritated eyes: as the name suggests, it implies dry eyes, burning eyes, light sensitivity, eyestrain are the most pesky and irritative symptoms that trouble the computer user.
  • In our recent studies, we found that exposure to petrochemical air pollution is associated with increased rates of acute irritative symptoms in adults.
  • Other presentations include irritative voiding, discharge of mucous blood or pus from the umbilicus, and obstructive symptoms.

irritator

Pronunciation: /-ˌtātər/
noun
More example sentences
  • The Kings and the Lakers got involved in a scuffle following the actions of two of the biggest irritators.
  • I bombed into French in a perky mood; not even Eric (the class irritator) could being me down that day.

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'excite, provoke'): from Latin irritat- 'irritated', from the verb irritare.

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