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agitate

verb uk   /ˈædʒ.ɪ.teɪt/ us  

agitate verb (WORRY)

[T] to make someone feel worried or angry: I didn't want to agitate her by telling her.

agitate verb (ARGUE)

[I] to argue forcefully, especially in public, in order to achieve a particular type of change: The unions continue to agitate for higher pay. As a young man, he had agitated against the Vietnam war.

agitate verb (SHAKE)

[T] specialized chemistry to shake a liquid: Pour the powder into the solution and agitate it until the powder has dissolved.
agitated
adjective uk   /ˈædʒ.ɪ.teɪ.tɪd/ us    /-t̬ɪd/
She became very agitated (= anxious) when her son failed to return home.
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