Crossword clues for agitate
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Agitate \Ag"i*tate\, v. t. [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.]
To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel. ``Winds . . . agitate the air.''
To move or actuate. [R.]
To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb; as, he was greatly agitated.
The mind of man is agitated by various passions.
To discuss with great earnestness; to debate; as, a controversy hotly agitated.
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.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1580s, "to disturb," from Latin agitatus, past participle of agitare "to put in constant motion, drive onward, impel," frequentative of agere "to move, drive" (see agitation). Literal sense of "move to and fro, shake" is from 1590s. Related: Agitated; agitating.
vb. 1 To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel. 2 (context rare English) To move or actuate. 3 To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb; as, he was greatly agitated. 4 To discuss with great earnestness; to debate; as, a controversy hotly agitated. 5 To revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive busily; to devise; to plot; as, politicians agitate desperate designs.
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]
move or cause to move back and forth; "The chemist shook the flask vigorously"; "My hands were shaking" [syn: shake]
Usage examples of "agitate".
Our beloved Father acquiesces, for he thinks you, at present, too much shaken, as well as herself, for so agitating an interview, till her mind is restored to its usual firmness.
As I state in my affidavit, he became very agitated, grabbed me by the throat, threw me to the ground, kicked me several times.
From the twenty-sixth of August to the second of September, that is from the battle of Borodino to the entry of the French into Moscow, during the whole of that agitating, memorable week, there had been the extraordinary autumn weather that always comes as a surprise, when the sun hangs low and gives more heat than in spring, when everything shines so brightly in the rare clear atmosphere that the eyes smart, when the lungs are strengthened and refreshed by inhaling the aromatic autumn air, when even the nights are warm, and when in those dark warm nights, golden stars startle and delight us continually by falling from the sky.
Those dreadful moments he had lived through at the executions had as it were forever washed away from his imagination and memory the agitating thoughts and feelings that had formerly seemed so important.
From the habit of fifty years all this had a physically agitating effect on the old general.
It was located in impoverished East London, where a decade earlier the tragic Tussy Marx had spent her happiest moments agitating among low-paid Jewish immigrants and found herself unexpectedly drawn to the racial heritage that her father so despised.
In my humble opinion the ordinary method of agitating by way of petitions, deputations and the like is no remedy for moving to repentence a Government so hopelessly indifferent to the welfare of its charges as the Government of India has proved to me.
It was mainly in condemnation of the Alien and Sedition Laws, then so unpopular everywhere, that these resolutions were professedly fulminated, but they gave to the agitating Free Traders a States-Rights-Secession-weapon of which they quickly availed themselves.
About the time I commenced noticing public matters, this question was agitating the Country almost as fearfully as the Slave question now is.
Free-Trade and Slavery by turns, if not together, from that time onward, were ever at the front, agitating our People both North and South, and not only consolidating the Southern States on those lines, as the Conspirators designed, but also serving ultimately to consolidate, to some extent--in a manner quite unlooked for by the Conspirators-- Northern sentiment, on the opposite lines of Protection and Freedom.
Lord Sherbrooke would take no denial, jokingly saying that he required some support under the emotions and agitating circumstances which he was about to endure.
I had placed myself at the port-scuttle, and saw some magnificent substructures of coral, zoophytes, seaweed, and fucus, agitating their enormous claws, which stretched out from the fissures of the rock.
Cobden was agitating a scheme for returning to the expenditure of 1835, by which he alleged ten millions annually would have been saved.
Upon the Protestant dissenters of England he poured loud and eloquent praise when he was agitating for Roman Catholic emancipation, as the English dissenters gave an ostentatious support to that movement.
Then, for the first time, the Agrarian law was proposed, which even down to our own recollection was never agitated without the greatest commotions in the state.