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agitate

verb  /ˈædʒ·ɪˌteɪt/ us  

agitate verb (ARGUE)

[I] to argue energetically, esp. in public, in order to achieve a particular type of change: Telephone companies began to agitate for permission to compete in long distance services.

agitate verb (MAKE NERVOUS)

[T] to make someone become nervous because of worry or fear that is difficult to control: Any mention of his son agitated him.
agitation
noun [U]  /ˌædʒ·ɪˈteɪ·ʃən/ us  
He arrived home in a state of agitation.
agitator
noun [C]  /ˈædʒ·ɪˌteɪ·t̬ər/ us  
They blamed the protest on political agitators.
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