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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Agitate \Ag"i*tate\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Agitated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Agitating}.] [L. agitatus, p. p. of agitare to put in motion, fr. agere to move: cf. F. agiter. See {Act}, {Agent}.]

1. To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel. "Winds . . . agitate the air." --Cowper.

2. To move or actuate. [R.] --Thomson.

3. To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb; as, he was greatly agitated.

The mind of man is agitated by various passions. --Johnson.

4. To discuss with great earnestness; to debate; as, a controversy hotly agitated. --Boyle.

5. To revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive busily; to devise; to plot; as, politicians agitate desperate designs.

Syn: To move; shake; excite; rouse; disturb; distract; revolve; discuss; debate; canvass.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: try to stir up public opinion [syn: {agitate}, {foment}, {stir up}]

2: cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; "The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks" [syn: {agitate}, {rouse}, {turn on}, {charge}, {commove}, {excite}, {charge up}] [ant: {calm}, {calm down}, {lull}, {quiet}, {quieten}, {still}, {tranquilize}, {tranquillise}, {tranquillize}]

3: exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for; "The liberal party pushed for reforms"; "She is crusading for women's rights"; "The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate" [syn: {crusade}, {fight}, {press}, {campaign}, {push}, {agitate}]

4: move very slightly; "He shifted in his seat" [syn: {stir}, {shift}, {budge}, {agitate}]

5: move or cause to move back and forth; "The chemist shook the flask vigorously"; "My hands were shaking" [syn: {shake}, {agitate}]

6: change the arrangement or position of [syn: {agitate}, {vex}, {disturb}, {commove}, {shake up}, {stir up}, {raise up}]

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