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Meaning of “agitate” in the English Dictionary

"agitate" in British English

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agitateverb

uk   us   /ˈædʒ.ɪ.teɪt/
  • agitate verb (ARGUE)

[I] to ​argueforcefully, ​especially in ​public, in ​order to ​achieve a ​particulartype of ​change: The ​unionscontinue to agitate forhigherpay. As a ​young man, he had agitated against the Vietnam ​war.
agitated
adjective uk   /ˈædʒ.ɪ.teɪ.tɪd/  us   /-t̬ɪd/
She ​became very agitated (= ​anxious) when her ​sonfailed to ​returnhome.
(Definition of agitate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"agitate" in American English

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agitateverb

 us   /ˈædʒ·ɪˌteɪt/
  • agitate verb (ARGUE)

[I] to ​argueenergetically, esp. in ​public, in ​order to ​achieve a ​particulartype of ​change: Telephone ​companiesbegan to agitate for ​permission to ​compete in ​longdistanceservices.
  • agitate verb (MAKE NERVOUS)

[T] to make someone ​becomenervous because of ​worry or ​fear that is ​difficult to ​control: Any ​mention of his ​son agitated him.
agitation
noun [U]  us   /ˌædʒ·ɪˈteɪ·ʃən/
He ​arrivedhome in a ​state of agitation.
agitator
noun [C]  us   /ˈædʒ·ɪˌteɪ·t̬ər/
They ​blamed the ​protest on ​political agitators.
(Definition of agitate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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