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

      

    irritate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈɪrɪteɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪrɪteɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they irritate
    BrE BrE//ˈɪrɪteɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪrɪteɪt//
     
    he / she / it irritates
    BrE BrE//ˈɪrɪteɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪrɪteɪts//
     
    past simple irritated
    BrE BrE//ˈɪrɪteɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪrɪteɪtɪd//
     
    past participle irritated
    BrE BrE//ˈɪrɪteɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪrɪteɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form irritating
    BrE BrE//ˈɪrɪteɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪrɪteɪtɪŋ//
     
    Anger
     
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  1. 1  irritate somebody to annoy somebody, especially by something you continuously do or by something that continuously happens The way she puts on that accent really irritates me. See related entries: Anger
  2. 2   irritate something to make your skin or a part of your body sore or painful Some drugs can irritate the lining of the stomach.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘excite, provoke’): from Latin irritat- ‘irritated’, from the verb irritare.Extra examples She was moody at times and easily irritated. That man really irritates me! The noise was beginning to irritate me intensely. She was irritated by his continued refusal to believe her.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: irritate