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Topic: GROUPINGS

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of agitare, from agere; AGENT

agitate

verb
     
a‧gi‧tate
1 [intransitive]PPG to argue strongly in public for something you want, especially a political or social change
agitate for/against
unions agitating for higher pay
agitate to do something
His family are agitating to get him freed.
2 [transitive] formal to make someone feel anxious, upset, and nervous:
I must warn you that any mention of Clare agitates your grandmother.
3 [transitive] technical to shake or mix a liquid quickly
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