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verb [T] (SHAKE)    /ˈædʒ.ɪ.teɪt/ specialized
to shake a liquid: Pour the powder into the solution and agitate it until the powder has dissolved.Shaking, swinging and vibrating agitated     /ˈædʒ.ɪ.teɪ.tɪd/ US  /-t̬ɪd/ adjective She became very agitated (= anxious) when her son failed to return home.Anxious and worried
(Definition of agitate verb (SHAKE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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