from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to move with violence or sudden force.
- transitive v. To upset; disturb: was agitated by the alarming news.
- transitive v. To arouse interest in (a cause, for example) by use of the written or spoken word; debate.
- intransitive v. To stir up public interest in a cause: agitate for a tax reduction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel.
- v. To move or actuate. --Thomson.
- v. To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb; as, he was greatly agitated.
- v. To discuss with great earnestness; to debate; as, a controversy hotly agitated. --Boyle.
- v. To revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive busily; to devise; to plot; as, politicians agitate desperate designs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To move with a violent, irregular action
- transitive v. To move or actuate.
- transitive v. To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb.
- transitive v. To discuss with great earnestness; to debate.
- transitive v. To revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive busily; to devise; to plot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To move or actuate; maintain the action of.
- To move to and fro; impart regular motion to.
- 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.
- To disturb, or excite into tumult; perturb.
- To discuss: debate; call attention to by speech or writing: as, to agitate the question of free trade.
- To consider on all sides; revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; plan.
- Synonyms and To rouse, stir up, ruffle, discompose.5 and To canvass, deliberate upon.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. change the arrangement or position of
- v. move very slightly
- v. 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
- v. move or cause to move back and forth
- v. try to stir up public opinion
- v. cause to be agitated, excited, or roused
Latin agitāre, agitāt-, frequentative of agere, to drive, do; see ag- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin agitatus, past participle of agitare ("to put in motion"), from agere ("to move"). Compare with French agiter. See act, agent. (Wiktionary)