agitate

Agitate means to stir up. If you watch a horror movie at bedtime, you may be too agitated to sleep. Movies like that can agitate all sorts of adrenaline responses in the body.

Agitate derives from a Latin word that means "to drive away." The meaning has changed, but you can see where old meets new—a washing machine agitates dirty clothes in warm soapy water to drive away the dirt. You agitate or shake up salad dressing to mix it, driving the oil away into the vinegar.

Primary Meanings of agitate

1.
v
move or cause to move back and forth
2.
v
cause to be agitated, excited, or roused
Full Definitions of agitate
1

v move or cause to move back and forth

Synonyms:
shake
Types:
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fluff up, plump up, shake up
make fuller by shaking
fan
agitate the air
tremble
move or jerk quickly and involuntarily up and down or sideways
quake, tremor
shake with seismic vibrations
palpitate
cause to throb or beat rapidly
convulse
shake uncontrollably
sparge
agitate by introducing air or compressed gas
shake up, succuss
shake; especially (a patient to detect fluids or air in the body)
concuss
shake violently
rattle
shake and cause to make a rattling noise
convulse, jactitate, slash, thrash, thrash about, thresh, thresh about, toss
move or stir about violently
jiggle, joggle, wiggle
move to and fro
winnow
blow on
shiver, shudder, thrill, throb
tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement
palpitate, quake, quiver
shake with fast, tremulous movements
whip
thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash
wag, waggle
move from side to side
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v change the arrangement or position of

Synonyms:
commove, disturb, raise up, shake up, stir up, vex
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beat, scramble
stir vigorously
toss
agitate
rile, roil
make turbid by stirring up the sediments of
poke
stir by poking
tumble
put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, usually with the purpose of drying
whip, whisk
whip with or as if with a wire whisk
cream
make creamy by beating
muddle, puddle
make into a puddle
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v move very slightly

Synonyms:
budge, shift, stir
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
2

v cause to be agitated, excited, or roused

Synonyms:
charge, charge up, commove, excite, rouse, turn on
Antonyms:
calm, calm down, lull, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
make calm or still
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hype up, psych up
get excited or stimulated
bother
make nervous or agitated
pother
make upset or troubled
electrify
excite suddenly and intensely
Type of:
disturb, trouble, upset
move deeply

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

Synonyms:
campaign, crusade, fight, press, push
advertise, advertize, promote, push
make publicity for; try to sell (a product)
Type of:
advertise, advertize, promote, push
make publicity for; try to sell (a product)

v try to stir up (e.g., public opinion)

Synonyms:
foment, stir up
Types:
rumpus
cause a disturbance
Type of:
provoke, stimulate
provide the needed stimulus for

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