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Definition to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
  • Our goal is to agitate public unrest, so there will be a cry for change.
agitate = stir up (create or increase emotional unrest)
  • She gets agitated whenever the topic comes up.
  • agitated = disturbed (emotionally shaken)
  • I tried to hide my growing agitation.
  • The washing machine cleans by agitating.
  • In spite of his apparent outward composure, he was evidently in a state of great mental agitation.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • agitation = a non-calm feeling
  • From the time that Garrison, Lovejoy, and others began to agitate for freedom, the slaves throughout the South kept in close touch with the progress of the movement.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • agitate = stir up (public demand)
  • For a week Martin's life had all the regularity of an escaped soldier in the enemy's country, with the same agitation
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • agitation = anxiety (nervousness and worry)
  • Only the young recruits are agitated.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • agitated = nervous
  • Eddie was so white, when he got agitated, little rosebuds bloomed on his face, then closed again like tiny fists.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • agitated = emotionally upset (stirred up)
  • Every moment rather brought fresh agitation.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • agitation = emotional unrest
  • The agitation with which he spoke again was not quite unmixed with anger.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • agitation = emotional unrest
  • It took them days to get the story properly blown up and themselves agitated and then to calm down and assess the situation.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • agitated = stirred up (excited)
  • PISCHIN. [Agitated] What? Why to town?
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • agitated = emotionally upset
  • Under the stars of the blue summer night he walked agitatedly across the yard to the gate under the poplars.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • agitatedly = without calmness
  • Uncle Shepsel became more and more agitated.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • agitated = upset
  • ...she had passed a night of extreme unrest, a night agitated above all by fears that...
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • agitated = disturbed
  • More than once the agitation into which these reflections threw me made my friends dread a dangerous relapse.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • agitation = anxiety
  • Fanny was all agitation and flutter; all hope and apprehension.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • agitation = emotional unrest
  • Never had she felt so agitated, mortified, grieved, at any circumstance in her life.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • agitated = emotionally upset (without composure)
  • She starts looking agitatedly around the garden as though expecting him to jump out from behind a bush.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
agitatedly = without calmness

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