Definition of agitate in English:

agitate

Line breaks: agi|tate
Pronunciation: /ˈadʒɪteɪt
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 2Stir or disturb (something, especially a liquid) briskly: agitate the water to disperse the oil
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    stir, whisk, beat, churn, shake, toss, blend, whip (up), fold, roil, jolt, disturb
  • 3 [no object] Campaign to arouse public concern about an issue in the hope of prompting action: they agitated for a reversal of the decision
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    campaign, strive, battle, fight, struggle, crusade, push, press; argue, debate, dispute, wrangle

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'drive away'): from Latin agitat- 'agitated, driven', from agitare, frequentative of agere 'do, drive'.

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