agitate (v.)

  1. try to stir up public opinion

    [ Syn: foment , stir up ]

  2. cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks

    [ Syn: rouse , turn on , charge , commove , excite , charge up ]

  3. 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 womens rights; The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate

    [ Syn: crusade , fight , press , campaign , push ]

  4. move very slightly; He shifted in his seat

    [ Syn: stir , shift , budge ]

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

    [ Syn: shake ]

  6. change the arrangement or position of

    [ Syn: vex , disturb , commove , shake up , stir up , raise up ]

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