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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.


Synonymsshake


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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