To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel.
- To cause to move with violence or sudden force.
- To upset; disturb: was agitated by the alarming news.
- To arouse interest in (a cause, for example) by use of the written or spoken word; debate.
- To stir up public interest in a cause: agitate for a tax reduction.