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Agitate vs. Irritate — What's the Difference?

Agitate vs. Irritate — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Agitate and Irritate

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Agitate

To cause to move with violence or sudden force.
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Irritate

Make (someone) annoyed or a little angry
His tone irritated her
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Agitate

To upset; disturb
Was agitated by the alarming news.
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Irritate

Cause inflammation or other discomfort in (a part of the body)
Sprays and polishes can irritate dry, sensitive skin
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Agitate

To arouse interest in (a cause, for example) by use of the written or spoken word; discuss or debate.
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Irritate

To cause (someone) to feel impatient or angry; annoy
A loud, bossy voice that irritates listeners.
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Agitate

To stir up public interest in a cause
Agitate for a tax reduction.
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Irritate

To make sore or inflamed
The smoke irritated my eyes.
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Agitate

(transitive) To disturb or excite; to perturb or stir up (a person).
He was greatly agitated by the news.
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Irritate

(Physiology) To cause a physiological response to a stimulus in (a cell, body tissue, or organism).
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Agitate

(transitive) To cause to move with a violent, irregular action; to shake.
The wind agitates the sea
To agitate water in a vessel
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Irritate

To be a cause of impatience or anger.
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Agitate

To set in motion; to actuate.
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Irritate

(transitive) To provoke impatience, anger, or displeasure in.
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Agitate

To discuss or debate.
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Irritate

(intransitive) To cause or induce displeasure or irritation.
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Agitate

To revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to consider, to devise.
Politicians agitate desperate designs
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Irritate

(transitive) To induce pain in (all or part of a body or organism).
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Agitate

To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel.
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Irritate

To render null and void.
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Agitate

To move or actuate.
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Irritate

To render null and void.
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Agitate

To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb; as, he was greatly agitated.
The mind of man is agitated by various passions.
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Irritate

To increase the action or violence of; to heighten excitement in; to intensify; to stimulate.
Cold maketh the spirits vigorous and irritateth them.
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Agitate

To discuss with great earnestness; to debate; as, a controversy hotly agitated.
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Irritate

To excite anger or displeasure in; to provoke; to tease; to exasperate; to annoy; to vex; as, the insolence of a tyrant irritates his subjects.
Dismiss the man, nor irritate the god:Prevent the rage of him who reigns above.
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Agitate

To revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive busily; to devise; to plot; as, politicians agitate desperate designs.
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Irritate

To make morbidly excitable, or oversensitive; to fret; as, the skin is irritated by friction; to irritate a wound by a coarse bandage.
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Agitate

Try to stir up public opinion
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Irritate

Excited; heightened.
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Agitate

Cause to be agitated, excited, or roused;
The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks
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Irritate

Cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations;
Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me
It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves
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Agitate

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;
The liberal party pushed for reforms
She is crusading for women's rights
The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate
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Irritate

Excite to an abnormal condition, of chafe or inflame;
Aspirin irritates my stomach
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Agitate

Move very slightly;
He shifted in his seat
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Irritate

Excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus;
Irritate the glands of a leaf
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Agitate

Move or cause to move back and forth;
The chemist shook the flask vigorously
My hands were shaking
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Agitate

Change the arrangement or position of
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