- 1Make (someone) troubled or nervous: the thought of questioning Toby agitated him extremelyMore example sentences
- This person is agitated, anxious restless, tremulous and looses appetite and cannot sleep.
- He was extremely agitated and wouldn't let anyone near him before his father turned up.
- I had to make a decision; there were too many questions that kept agitating me.
- 2Stir or disturb (something, especially a liquid) briskly: agitate the water to disperse the oilMore example sentences
- In some management systems, agitating the liquid in pits has greatly reduced fly breeding.
- A pump inside the tank agitates the water, to ensure that the ice doesn't get too cold, and that the crystals produced remain on the small side.
- She agitates the water and then places the cup on the middle of the plastic platform.
- 3 [no object] Campaign to arouse public concern about an issue in the hope of prompting action: they agitated for a reversal of the decisionMore example sentences
- There he agitated for free speech.
- Subsequently, with other intellectuals, he agitated for political and social change, earning a reputation as a mild radical and socialist.
- They agitated for American independence and the abolishment of slavery in the United States.
late Middle English (in the sense 'drive away'): from Latin agitat- 'agitated, driven', from agitare, frequentative of agere 'do, drive'.