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English verb: agitate

1. agitate (social) try to stir up public opinion

Synonymsfoment, stir up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)provoke, stimulate

Narrower (hyponym)rumpus

2. agitate (emotion) cause to be agitated, excited, or roused

SamplesThe speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks.

ExamplesThe bad news will agitate him, The good news will agitate her

Synonymscharge, charge up, commove, excite, rouse, turn on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)disturb, trouble, upset

Narrower (hyponym)bother, electrify, hype up, pother, psych up

Antonymscalm, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize, calm down, quiet, quieten, lull

3. agitate (social) 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

SamplesThe liberal party pushed for reforms.
She is crusading for women's rights.
The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate.

Synonymscampaign, crusade, fight, press, push

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)advertise, advertize, promote, push

Verb groupadvertise, advertize, promote, push

4. agitate (motion) move very slightly

SamplesHe shifted in his seat.

ExamplesThe crowds agitate in the streets

Synonymsbudge, shift, stir

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)move

5. agitate (motion) move or cause to move back and forth

SamplesThe chemist shook the flask vigorously.
My hands were shaking.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)concuss, convulse, convulse, fan, fluff up, jactitate, jiggle, joggle, palpitate, plump up, quake, rattle, shake up, shake up, slash, sparge, succuss, thrash, thrash about, thresh, thresh about, toss, tremble, tremor, wiggle

6. agitate (contact) change the arrangement or position of

Synonymscommove, disturb, raise up, shake up, stir up, vex

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
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Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)beat, poke, rile, roil, scramble, toss

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