Ag·i·tate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Agitated p. pr. & vb. n. Agitating ]
1. To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel. “Winds . . . agitate the air.”
2. To move or actuate. [R.]
3. To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb; as, he was greatly agitated.
The mind of man is agitated by various passions. --Johnson.
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.
Syn: -- To move; shake; excite; rouse; disturb; distract; revolve; discuss; debate; canvass.
v 1: try to stir up public opinion [syn: foment, stir up]
2: cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; "The speaker
charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks" [syn:
rouse, turn on, charge, commove, excite, charge
up] [ant: calm]
3: 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]
4: move very slightly; "He shifted in his seat" [syn: stir, shift,
5: move or cause to move back and forth; "The chemist shook the
flask vigorously"; "My hands were shaking" [syn: shake]
6: change the arrangement or position of [syn: vex, disturb,
commove, shake up, stir up, raise up]