Definition of agonize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

agonize

 verb
(British English also -ise)verb
BrE BrE//ˈæɡənaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæɡənaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they agonize
BrE BrE//ˈæɡənaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæɡənaɪz//
 
he / she / it agonizes
BrE BrE//ˈæɡənaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæɡənaɪzɪz//
 
past simple agonized
BrE BrE//ˈæɡənaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæɡənaɪzd//
 
past participle agonized
BrE BrE//ˈæɡənaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæɡənaɪzd//
 
-ing form agonizing
BrE BrE//ˈæɡənaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæɡənaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] agonize (over/about something) to spend a long time thinking and worrying about a difficult situation or problem I spent days agonizing over whether to take the job or not. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from French agoniser or late Latin agonizare, from Greek agōnizesthai ‘contend’, from agōn ‘contest’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: agonize