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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Agitate

AG'ITATE, verb transitive [Latin agito, from ago. See Act.]

1. To stir violently; to move back and forth with a quick motion; to shake or move briskly; as, to agitate water in a vessel.

2. To move or force into violent irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea.

3. To disturb, or excite into tumult; as, to agitate the mind or passions.

4. To discuss; to debate; to controvert; as, to agitate a question.

5. To consider on all sides; to revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive by mental deliberation; as, politicians agitate desperate designs.

6. To move or actuate. [Not used.]