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- To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel.
- ``Winds . . . agitate the air. --Cowper.
- (rare) To move or actuate.
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- To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb; as, he was greatly agitated.
- The mind of man is agitated by various passions. --Johnson.
- To discuss with great earnestness; to debate; as, a controversy hotly agitated.
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- 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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- agitate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- agitate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
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