• WordNet 3.6
    • v agitate change the arrangement or position of
    • v agitate cause to be agitated, excited, or roused "The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks"
    • v agitate move or cause to move back and forth "The chemist shook the flask vigorously","My hands were shaking"
    • v agitate move very slightly "He shifted in his seat"
    • v agitate try to stir up public opinion
    • v agitate 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a medication prescribed for individuals (usually children) who have an abnormally high level of activity or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 3 to 5 percent of the general population has the disorder, which is characterized by agitated behavior and an inability to focus on tasks. Methylphenidate also is occasionally prescribed for treating narcolepsy. Methylphenidate is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It has effects similar to, but more potent than, caffeine and less potent than amphetamines. It has a notably calming effect on hyperactive children and a "focusing" effect on those with ADHD.
    • Agitate To discuss with great earnestness; to debate; as, a controversy hotly agitated .
    • Agitate To move or actuate.
    • Agitate To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel. "Winds . . . agitate the air."
    • Agitate To revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive busily; to devise; to plot; as, politicians agitate desperate designs.
    • Agitate To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb; as, he was greatly agitated . "The mind of man is agitated by various passions."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • agitate To move or actuate; maintain the action of.
    • agitate To move to and fro; impart regular motion to.
    • agitate To move or force into violent irregular action; shake or move briskly; excite physically: as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel.
    • agitate To disturb, or excite into tumult; perturb.
    • agitate To discuss: debate; call attention to by speech or writing: as, to agitate the question of free trade.
    • agitate To consider on all sides; revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; plan.
    • agitate Synonyms and To rouse, stir up, ruffle, discompose.5 and To canvass, deliberate upon.
    • agitate To engage in agitation; arouse or attempt to arouse public interest, as in some political or social question: as, he set out to agitate in the country.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Agitate aj′i-tāt to keep moving: to stir violently: to disturb: to discuss, or keep up the discussion of a question
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  • Lord Byron
    “It is odd but agitation or contest of any kind gives a rebound to my spirits and sets me up for a time.”
  • Jawaharlal Nehru
    “The purely agitation attitude is not good enough for a detailed consideration of a subject.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “It shows a brave and resolute spirit not to be agitated in exciting circumstances.”
  • Alfred Adler
    “The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge to conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation.”
  • Agnes Repplier
    “The pessimist is seldom an agitating individual. His creed breeds indifference to others, and he does not trouble himself to thrust his views upon the unconvinced.”
  • Ovid
    “Minds that are ill at ease are agitated by both hope and fear.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. agitatus, p. p. of agitare, to put in motion, fr. agere, to move: cf. F. agiter,. See Act Agent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. agitāre, freq. of agĕre, to put in motion. See Act.


In literature:

Hence he became thoughtful and agitated.
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur
Beside him stood Say, agitated and angry.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
The old clock had nearly marked the hour of midnight as Hanz came out of the little room in an apparently agitated state of mind.
"The Von Toodleburgs" by F. Colburn Adams
Of the extreme risk of the undertaking she was too agitated to think.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Even in the midst of my agitation this thought made me smile.
"The House of Martha" by Frank R. Stockton
And why was my poor father so agitated, why the young officer so grave, why the people so deeply impressed at the scene?
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
Only, he was much agitated while he was loading it, and his hand trembled greatly.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
The slightest allusion to the subject agitates her for the whole day.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
What a scandalous speech of that agitator yesterday!
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
His tutor ascribed his agitation to the shock, and attempted to console him.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli

In poetry:

A yelping, clamorous, unruly clan;
A small bald, agitated, snapping man;
And, as they raved, his fist he fiercely shook -
His name was COOK.
"The Mountain Laboured" by C J Dennis
“Those wedding bells shall not ring out!”
She cried - all agitated
“For her name is not Dick Whittington
And she hasn’t been vaccinated.”
"The Wedding That Never Was" by Billy Bennett
But when the great crisis comes,
our daring and our resolution vanish;
our soul is agitated, paralyzed;
and we run around the walls
seeking to save ourselves in flight.
"Trojans" by Constantine P Cavafy
A spring wind on the Bowery,
Blowing the fluff of night shelters
Off bedraggled garments,
And agitating the gutters, that eject little spirals of vapor
Like lewd growths.
"Spring" by Lola Ridge
He seized the glass. Across the silent water,
Now green, now white with agitated foam,
In line ahead, were British ships advancing
Each minute they were nearer to his home.
"The Lieutenant" by Konstantin Simonov
When the ancient agitator and his brothers carried swags
I've no doubt he very often tramped with empty tucker-bags
And I'm glad he's Heaven's picket, for I hate explainin' things
And he'll think a union ticket just as good as Whitely King's
"Saint Peter" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Catch the live show with Dan Turner and The Agitators Thursday at Green Bar .
During the lunch, an "angry and agitated" Martinez approached him and threatened to beat him, telling him, "You're lucky we're in school right now," the declaration alleges.
Is there a calculation to determine the difference in mixing when I change an agitator.
Is there a straightforward calculation to determine the difference in mixing when I change an agitator in a large vessel.
I am "backtracking" a change in an agitator that has already been replaced.
SUTTONS BAY — A consummate rabble-rouser, Terry was an advocate, agitator, champion, dogmatist, firebrand, fomenter, inciter, instigator, provocateur, rebel, reformer and visionary.
CAIR, perennial agitator for language purges and "hate speech" regulation, is suddenly the champion of First Amendment free expression.
The 15-year-old was nervous and agitated when asked to remove her sunglasses and gray wig and never asked about her family once the truth emerged.
As for salt, it agitates clams .
The things that agitate Jazz fans also gnaw at Tyrone Corbin .
St Louis Rams' Cortland Finnegan more than just an agitator.
Catch the live show with Dan Turner and The Agitators Thursday at Green Bar.
The things that agitate Jazz fans also gnaw at Tyrone Corbin.
They say he seemed agitated and frustrated.
The agitated voice on the line was ticked off that he had no heat or hot water in his Brooklyn apartment.

In science:

Indeed, at high temperature, interaction between spins becomes negligible compared to thermal agitation.
Clusters in Simple Fluids
The solution is strongly agitated by pipetting.
Optical microrheology using rotating laser-trapped particles
Since each atom experiences thermal agitation, the energy distributions of these atoms could be investigated by Classical MaxwellBoltzmann Statistics .
Investigation of the Heat Capacities of Proteins by Statistical Mechanical Methods
Thermal agitation makes the polymer explore different configurations.
DNA Elasticity : Topology of Self-Avoidance
But since these agitations only cause continuous changes, the polymer will remain in a single topological class.
DNA Elasticity : Topology of Self-Avoidance