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noun see agitate
n. 1 the act or process of agitating or being agitated. 2 mental anxiety or concern. Etymology: F agitation or L agitatio (as AGITATE)
Agitation Ag`i*ta"tion, n. [L. agitatio: cf. F. agitation.] 1. The act of agitating, or the state of being agitated; the state of being moved with violence, or with irregular action; commotion; as, the sea after a storm is in agitation. 2. A stirring up or arousing; disturbance of tranquillity; disturbance of mind which shows itself by physical excitement; perturbation; as, to cause any one agitation. 3. Excitement of public feeling by discussion, appeals, etc.; as, the antislavery agitation; labor agitation. ``Religious agitations.'' --Prescott. 4. Examination or consideration of a subject in controversy, or of a plan proposed for adoption; earnest discussion; debate. A logical agitation of the matter. --L'Estrange. The project now in agitation. --Swift. Syn: Emotion; commotion; excitement; trepidation; tremor; perturbation. See Emotion.
If someone is in a state of agitation, they are very worried or upset, and show this in their behaviour, movements, or voice. Danny returned to Father's house in a state of intense agitation... = distress see also agitate
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