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AGITATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does agitate mean? 

AGITATE (verb)
  The verb AGITATE has 6 senses:

1. try to stir up public opinion
2. cause to be agitated, excited, or roused
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
4. move very slightly
5. move or cause to move back and forth
6. change the arrangement or position of

  Familiarity information: AGITATE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


AGITATE (verb)


Sense 1agitate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Try to stir up public opinion

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

stir up; foment; agitate

Hypernyms (to "agitate" is one way to...):

provoke; stimulate (provide the needed stimulus for)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "agitate"):

rumpus (cause a disturbance)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 2agitate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to be agitated, excited, or roused

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

commove; charge up; agitate; rouse; excite; turn on; charge

Context example:

The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks

Hypernyms (to "agitate" is one way to...):

disturb; trouble; upset (move deeply)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "agitate"):

electrify (excite suddenly and intensely)

pother (make upset or troubled)

bother (make nervous or agitated)

hype up; psych up (get excited or stimulated)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

The bad news will agitate him
The good news will agitate her

Antonym:

calm (make calm or still)


Sense 3agitate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

crusade; campaign; agitate; fight; push; press

Context examples:

The liberal party pushed for reforms / She is crusading for women's rights / The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate

Hypernyms (to "agitate" is one way to...):

advertise; advertize; promote; push (make publicity for; try to sell (a product))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4agitate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move very slightly

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

budge; stir; agitate; shift

Context example:

He shifted in his seat

Hypernyms (to "agitate" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s

Sentence example:

The crowds agitate in the streets


Sense 5agitate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move or cause to move back and forth

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

shake; agitate

Context examples:

The chemist shook the flask vigorously / My hands were shaking

Hypernyms (to "agitate" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "agitate"):

jiggle; joggle; wiggle (move to and fro)

convulse; jactitate; slash; thrash; thrash about; thresh; thresh about; toss (move or stir about violently)

rattle (shake and cause to make a rattling noise)

concuss (shake violently)

shake up; succuss (shake; especially (a patient to detect fluids or air in the body))

sparge (agitate by introducing air or compressed gas)

convulse (shake uncontrollably)

palpitate (cause to throb or beat rapidly)

quake; tremor (shake with seismic vibrations)

tremble (move or jerk quickly and involuntarily up and down or sideways)

fan (agitate the air)

fluff up; plump up; shake up (make fuller by shaking)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 6agitate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Change the arrangement or position of

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

raise up; commove; disturb; stir up; vex; shake up; agitate

Hypernyms (to "agitate" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "agitate"):

beat; scramble (stir vigorously)

toss (agitate)

rile; roil (make turbid by stirring up the sediments of)

poke (stir by poking)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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