- 1irritate somebody to annoy someone, especially by something you continuously do or by something that continuously happens The way she puts on that accent really irritates me.
- 2irritate something to make your skin or a part of your body sore or painful Some drugs can irritate the lining of the stomach.
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NAmE//ˈɪrəˌteɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they irritate
he / she / it irritates
past simple irritated
-ing form irritating
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adjective I found her extremely irritating an irritating habit an irritating cough/rash
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NAmE//ˌɪrəˈteɪʃn//noun [uncountable, countable] He noted, with some irritation, that the letter had not been sent. a skin irritation