Meaning of “irritate” in the English Dictionary

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irritateverb [ T ]

us /ˈɪr·ɪˌteɪt/

irritate verb [ T ] (ANNOY)

to annoy or make angry:

After a while the noise began to irritate him.

irritate verb [ T ] (MAKE SORE)

to make something sore or painful, or to cause an uncomfortable physical reaction:

At first my contact lenses irritated my eyes.

(Definition of “irritate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)