Agitate

Definition of Agitate

Ag´i`tate
v. t.1.To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel.
[imp. & p. p. Agitated ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Agitating ( ).]
2.To move or actuate.
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.

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