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IRRITATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does irritate mean? 

IRRITATE (verb)
  The verb IRRITATE has 3 senses:

1. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
2. excite to an abnormal condition, of chafe or inflame
3. excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus

  Familiarity information: IRRITATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


IRRITATE (verb)


Sense 1irritate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

rile; nark; irritate; gravel; vex; devil; annoy; bother; nettle; rag; get at; chafe; get to

Context examples:

Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me / It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves

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

displease (give displeasure to)

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

beset; chevvy; chevy; chivvy; chivy; harass; harry; hassle; molest; plague; provoke (annoy continually or chronically)

fret (cause annoyance in)

ruffle (trouble or vex)

peeve (cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful)

eat into; fret; grate; rankle (gnaw into; make resentful or angry)

get; get under one's skin (irritate)

antagonise; antagonize (provoke the hostility of)

Sentence frames:

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

Sentence examples:

The bad news will irritate him
The performance is likely to irritate Sue


Sense 2irritate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Excite to an abnormal condition, of chafe or inflame

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Context example:

Aspirin irritates my stomach

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

aggravate; exacerbate; exasperate; worsen (make worse)

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

chafe; fret; gall (become or make sore by or as if by rubbing)

itch; rub; scratch (scrape or rub as if to relieve itching)

Sentence frames:

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

Antonym:

soothe (cause to feel better)


Sense 3irritate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

irritate the glands of a leaf

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

excite; stimulate (act as a stimulant)

Domain category:

physiology (the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms)

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

pinch; vellicate (irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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