Definition of agitation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌædʒɪˈteɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌædʒɪˈteɪʃn//
    Nervous, Protest
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  1. 1[uncountable] worry and anxiety that you show by behaving in a nervous way Dot arrived in a state of great agitation. See related entries: Nervous
  2. 2[uncountable] agitation (for/against something) public protest in order to achieve political change widespread agitation for social reform See related entries: Protest
  3. 3[countable] (Indian English) a public meeting or march at which people show that they are protesting against or supporting something The situation has provoked agitations all over the region. Protesters are expected to launch an agitation over the issue.
  4. 4[uncountable] (specialist) the act of stirring or shaking a liquid
  5. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘action, being active’): from Latin agitatio(n-), from the verb agitare, frequentative of agere ‘do, drive’. Extra examplesHe knocked his glass over in his agitation. She was trying not to show her agitation. She was wriggling on the seat with agitation. The organization is turning to political agitation in order to achieve its aims. There has been mass agitation against the president. There is growing agitation for reform of local government. He started to pace up and down the room in agitation. His political opponents have threatened to launch a mass agitation against the agreement. There has been widespread agitation for social reform.
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