Adjective "agitating" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Make (someone) troubled or nervous.
  1. 'He was extremely agitated and wouldn't let anyone near him before his father turned up.'
  2. 'Pacing around the room, his broad shoulders tight with nervous energy, he is agitated.'
  3. 'In the emergency department, the patient was agitated, diaphoretic, and in extreme respiratory distress.'
  4. 'The decline and fall of everything is our daily dread; we are agitated in private life and tormented by public questions.'
  5. 'If you're going to agitate a person by getting them to eat certain foods, I think you've not given them a quality experience.'
  6. 'This person is agitated, anxious restless, tremulous and looses appetite and cannot sleep.'
  7. 'Mark had learnt, during their talk that the man's name was Joseph but everyone referred to him as Josh, and he was extremely agitated.'
  8. 'By Sunday I was extremely agitated and highly restless.'
  9. 'Undoubtedly, my observations will once again agitate a few people who will tell me that I should get behind U.S. automakers instead of criticizing them.'
  10. 'He was extremely agitated, which together with a smell of alcohol on his breath led to a suspicion of driving while under the influence of drink and drugs.'
Stir or disturb (something, especially a liquid) briskly.
  1. 'Filler can settle out of suspension, requiring the material to be stirred or agitated before and after it is removed from the container.'
  2. 'The plants were thoroughly washed by adding water to the bags and agitating them vigorously for 1 min.'
  3. 'This crust helps control odors and should not be disturbed until the waste is agitated, just prior to field spreading.'
  4. 'Boiling also agitates the water, increasing the amount of foam.'
  5. 'Be sure the entire tank is agitated and mixed before spraying.'
  6. 'Pigs and cattle have died when liquid manure stored in pits under slotted floors was agitated.'
  7. 'The dress must be basically washable in warm water & able to be agitated at least somewhat for uniform dyeing.'
  8. 'In the morning, agitate the water with a toilet brush and flush.'
  9. 'The lead within the condensers is constantly agitated so as to produce lead droplets, onto which the zinc vapour condenses.'
  10. 'During and after settling, care should be taken not to agitate the water.'
Campaign to arouse public concern about an issue in the hope of prompting action.
  1. 'It has agitated for better sex education in order to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies and the spread of venereal diseases.'
  2. 'Subsequently, with other intellectuals, he agitated for political and social change, earning a reputation as a mild radical and socialist.'
  3. 'The bigger clubs could even win their long-sought prize of negotiating their own television deals - something Celtic and Rangers have agitated for in the past.'
  4. 'In September 1941 he agitated for reform, pointing out the problems of producing work that was effective and up-to-date.'
  5. 'Cabramatta was a community of ordinary people like that old man, who recognised the problems of drugs and organised crime in their community and spoke up and agitated for change.'
  6. 'They also agitated for free speech and assembly, the liberation of political prisoners and for the abolition of grain requisitioning.'
  7. 'But her reporting is most powerful when recounting the isolated voices within the establishment who agitated for intervention.'
  8. 'Reporting back, he agitated for reform, so troubled was he by the abuses he had uncovered.'
  9. 'We all know what a difficult road this is and many of us have agitated for substantial improvements to it.'
  10. 'She has agitated for a better senior center south of Interstate 90 since the early 1990s.'

More definitions

1. to move or force into violent, irregular action: The hurricane winds agitated the sea.

2. to shake or move briskly: The machine agitated the mixture.

3. to move to and fro; impart regular motion to.

4. to disturb or excite emotionally; arouse; perturb: a crowd agitated to a frenzy by impassioned oratory; a man agitated by disquieting news.

5. to call attention to by speech or writing; discuss; debate: to agitate the question.

More examples(as adjective)

"farmers can be agitating for prices."

"workers can be agitating for rises."

"supporters can be agitating in streets."

"supporters can be agitating in bids."

"people can be agitating for people."

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(agitate)Late Middle English (in the sense ‘drive away’): from Latin agitat- ‘agitated, driven’, from agitare, frequentative of agere ‘do, drive’.