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Definition of 'agitate'


  1. try to stir up public opinion
       Synonyms: foment stir up
  2. cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; "The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks"
       Synonyms: rouse turn on charge commove excite charge up
       Antonyms: calm calm down quiet tranquilize tranquillize tranquillise quieten lull still
  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"
       Synonyms: crusade fight press campaign push
  4. move very slightly; "He shifted in his seat"
       Synonyms: stir shift budge
  5. move or cause to move back and forth; "The chemist shook the flask vigorously"; "My hands were shaking"
       Synonyms: shake
  6. change the arrangement or position of
       Synonyms: vex disturb commove shake up stir up raise up

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