agitate agitate  /ˈæ dʒə ˌteɪt/


  1. (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
  2. (v) try to stir up public opinion
  3. (v) change the arrangement or position of
  4. (v) cause to be agitated, excited, or roused
  5. (v) move very slightly
  6. (v) move or cause to move back and forth

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  1. China watchers say the Me generation's reluctance to agitate for reform is driven in part by a reluctance to tarnish China's moment in the sun.
  2. Pro: Knows how to get attention for himself and agitate the United States like no world leader since Castro.
  3. The south, whose various leaders agitate either for independence or at least meaningful autonomy, complain they see little gain from the wealth under their soil.


  • NHL free agency: Matt Cooke agrees to terms with Minnesota Wild

    One of the most controversial players in the National Hockey League has found himself a new place to agitate and kill penalties. The Minnesota Wild and Matt Cooke have agreed to terms on a three-year contract , according to Mike Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
    on July 6, 2013     Source:


  1. "Some of the countries engaging in these behaviors still claim to be democracies," Clinton said, adding, "Democracies don't fear their own people. They recognize that citizens must be free to come together, to advocate and agitate."
    on Jul 4, 2010 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: The Associated Press

  2. "We will agitate," Sharif told The Associated Press on Monday. "We will not accept this postponement."
    on Jan 1, 2006 By: Nawaz Sharif Source: 940 News

  3. "If Democrats in Congress don't stand strong and fight for the goals we are supposed to share, then progressives need to agitate so they will, or work hard to replace them," said Donna Edwards, a member of the They Work for Us board who...
    on Jan 22, 2007 By: Donna Edwards Source: Washington Post

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