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Definition of irritate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they irritate
    he / she / it irritates
    past simple irritated
    -ing form irritating
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  1. 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.
  2. 2irritate something to make your skin or a part of your body sore or painful Some drugs can irritate the lining of the stomach.
adjective I found her extremely irritating an irritating habit an irritating cough/rash
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noun [uncountable, countable] He noted, with some irritation, that the letter had not been sent. a skin irritation
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