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agitate
used in David Copperfield

29 uses
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Definition to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
  • My mother had left her chair in her agitation, and gone behind it in the corner.
    Chapters 1-3 (8% in)
  • Ham Peggotty, who went to the national school, and was a very dragon at his catechism, and who may therefore be regarded as a credible witness, reported next day, that happening to peep in at the parlour-door an hour after this, he was instantly descried by Miss Betsey, then walking to and fro in a state of agitation, and pounced upon before he could make his escape.
    Chapters 1-3 (24% in)
  • That there were now occasional sounds of feet and voices overhead which he inferred the cotton did not exclude, from the circumstance of his evidently being clutched by the lady as a victim on whom to expend her superabundant agitation when the sounds were loudest.
    Chapters 1-3 (24% in)
  • The door opened, and I looked, half laughing and half crying in my pleasant agitation, for my mother.
    Chapters 1-3 (96% in)
  • Between her agitation, and her natural awkwardness in getting out of the cart, Peggotty was making a most extraordinary festoon of herself, but I felt too blank and strange to tell her so.
    Chapters 1-3 (97% in)
  • If I didn't support a aged pairint, and a lovely sister,' — here the waiter was greatly agitated — 'I wouldn't take a farthing.
    Chapters 4-6 (56% in)
  • 'No, sir, no,' returned the Master, showing his face, and shaking his head, and rubbing his hands in great agitation.
    Chapters 7-9 (21% in)
  • After still looking hard at Mr. Mell from his throne, as he shook his head, and rubbed his hands, and remained in the same state of agitation, Mr. Creakle turned to Steerforth, and said: 'Now, sir, as he don't condescend to tell me, what is this?'
    Chapters 7-9 (21% in)
  • The very next day showed me, while my mind was in the first agitation of what it had conceived, that Mrs. Micawber had not spoken of their going away without warrant.
    Chapters 10-12 (87% in)
  • I needed no second permission; though I was by this time in such a state of consternation and agitation, that my legs shook under me.
    Chapters 13-15 (23% in)
  • He connects his illness with great disturbance and agitation, naturally, and that's the figure, or the simile, or whatever it's called, which he chooses to use.
    Chapters 13-15 (56% in)
  • At all events, my love," said I, "Doctor Strong is in an agitated state of mind, and must be answered.
    Chapters 16-18 (35% in)
  • Running in among them to swell the ranks, I was very near the chaise when it rolled away; and I had a lively impression made upon me, in the midst of the noise and dust, of having seen Mr. Jack Maldon rattle past with an agitated face, and something cherry-coloured in his hand.
    Chapters 16-18 (42% in)
  • I slept in a room on the same floor with my aunt's, and was a little disturbed in the course of the night by her knocking at my door as often as she was agitated by a distant sound of hackney-coaches or market-carts, and inquiring, 'if I heard the engines?'
    Chapters 22-24 (64% in)
  • She had not yet sufficiently recovered from her agitation to be quite prepared for the visit we had to make.
    Chapters 22-24 (67% in)
  • Somehow, as I wrote to Agnes on a fine evening by my open window, and the remembrance of her clear calm eyes and gentle face came stealing over me, it shed such a peaceful influence upon the hurry and agitation in which I had been living lately, and of which my very happiness partook in some degree, that it soothed me into tears.
    Chapters 34-36 (1% in)
  • I never shall forget him peeping round the corner of the street in Tottenham Court Road, while Peggotty was bargaining for the precious articles; or his agitation when she came slowly towards us after vainly offering a price, and was hailed by the relenting broker, and went back again.
    Chapters 34-36 (11% in)
  • More agitated for a moment than I had ever seen her, she took her hands from me, and moved a step back.
    Chapters 37-39 (98% in)
  • Having dispatched which missive, Mr. Copperfield fell into a condition of strong nervous agitation; and so remained until the day arrived.
    Chapters 40-42 (21% in)
  • ) 'It was so great a change: so great a loss, I felt it, at first,' said Annie, still preserving the same look and tone, 'that I was agitated and distressed.
    Chapters 43-45 (88% in)
  • She was agitated, and told some money into his hand.
    Chapters 46-48 (63% in)
  • 'Can you come with me?' she inquired, in an agitated whisper.
    Chapters 49-51 (36% in)
  • The triumphant flourish with which Mr. Micawber delivered himself of these words, had a powerful effect in alarming the mother; who cried out, in much agitation: 'Ury, Ury!
    Chapters 52-54 (30% in)
  • The tremendous sea itself, when I could find sufficient pause to look at it, in the agitation of the blinding wind, the flying stones and sand, and the awful noise, confounded me.
    Chapters 55-57 (15% in)
  • But the sea, having upon it the additional agitation of the whole night, was infinitely more terrific than when I had seen it last.
    Chapters 55-57 (29% in)
  • They were making out to me, in an agitated way — I don't know how, for the little I could hear I was scarcely composed enough to understand — that the lifeboat had been bravely manned an hour ago, and could do nothing; and that as no man would be so desperate as to attempt to wade off with a rope, and establish a communication with the shore, there was nothing left to try; when I noticed that some new sensation moved the people on the beach, and saw them part, and Ham come breaking...
    Chapters 55-57 (34% in)
  • 'I have been much agitated, and am fatigued.'
    Chapters 55-57 (46% in)
  • With her own sweet tranquillity, she calmed my agitation; led me back to the time of our parting; spoke to me of Emily, whom she had visited, in secret, many times; spoke to me tenderly of Dora's grave.
    Chapters 58-60 (85% in)
  • Little Agnes, attracted by his looks, had run to bring him in, and I had not yet clearly seen his face, when my wife, starting up, cried out to me, in a pleased and agitated voice, that it was Mr. Peggotty!
    Chapters 63-64 (6% in)

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