Meaning of “agitate” in the English Dictionary

"agitate" in British English

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uk /ˈædʒ.ɪ.teɪt/ us /ˈædʒ.ə.teɪt/
adjective uk /ˈædʒ.ɪ.teɪ.tɪd/ us /ˈædʒ.ə.teɪ.t̬ɪd/

She became very agitated (= anxious) when her son failed to return home.

(Definition of “agitate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"agitate" in American English

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us /ˈædʒ·ɪˌteɪt/

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.
noun [ U ] us /ˌædʒ·ɪˈteɪ·ʃən/

He arrived home in a state of agitation.
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)