verb (used with object), agitated, agitating.
to move or force into violent, irregular action: The hurricane winds agitated the sea.
to shake or move briskly: The machine agitated the mixture.
to move to and fro; impart regular motion to.
to disturb or excite emotionally; arouse; perturb: a crowd agitated to a frenzy by impassioned oratory; a man agitated by disquieting news.
to call attention to by speech or writing; discuss; debate: to agitate the question.
to consider on all sides; revolve in the mind; plan.
verb (used without object), agitated, agitating.
to arouse or attempt to arouse public interest and support, as in some political or social cause or theory: to agitate for the repeal of a tax.

1580–90; < Latin agitātus (past participle of agitāre to set in motion), equivalent to ag- (root of agere to drive) + -it- frequentative suffix + -ātus -ate1

agitable [aj-i-tuh-buhl] , adjective
agitative, adjective
overagitate, verb (used with object), overagitated, overagitating.
preagitate, verb (used with object), preagitated, preagitating.
reagitate, verb, reagitated, reagitating.

1. disturb, toss. 3. wave. 4. ruffle, fluster, roil. 5. dispute.

1. calm, soothe. Unabridged
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agitate (ˈædʒɪˌteɪt)
1.  (tr) to excite, disturb, or trouble (a person, the mind, or feelings); worry
2.  (tr) to cause to move vigorously; shake, stir, or disturb
3.  (intr; often foll by for or against) to attempt to stir up public opinion for or against something
4.  (tr) to discuss or debate in order to draw attention to or gain support for (a cause, etc): to agitate a political cause
[C16: from Latin agitātus, from agitāre to move to and fro, set into motion, from agere to act, do]

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Word Origin & History

from L. agitatus, pp. of agitare "to put in constant motion, drive, impel," freq. of agere "to move, drive;" see agitation.
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Example sentences
As he has done with many other companies in the past, he bought a big stake in
  the company and is now agitating for change.
Wash chopped leeks in a large bowl of water, agitating them, then lift out and
The crew tried to approach her slowly to avoid agitating her.
Stirring and agitating the sample may be necessary and may be accomplished with
  any stirring or agitating instrument.
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