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Definition of Agitate


  1. To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel.
  2. 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.

Agitate Quotations

Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.
Susan B. Anthony

A reporter is always concerned with tomorrow. There's nothing tangible of yesterday. All I can say I've done is agitate the air ten or fifteen minutes and then boom - it's gone.
Edward R. Murrow

Agitate! Agitate! Ought to be the motto of every reformer. Agitation is the opposite of stagnation - the one is life, the other death.
Ernestine Rose

When the Left agitates over government policies, it's considered righteous anger. When the Right - and much of the center - agitate, it's painted as the rantings of the criminally and violently insane.
Monica Crowley

I defy you to agitate any fellow with a full stomach.
William Cobbett
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Agitate Translations

agitate in Dutch is agiteren, opruien, ophitsen, opstoken
agitate in Finnish is kiihottaa
agitate in Latin is permoveo, concutio
agitate in Portuguese is agite
agitate in Spanish is agitar, debatir

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