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agitate against someone or something

to stir up active dissatisfaction about someone or something. The students were agitating against the closing of the old cafeteria.
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agitate for something

to stir up active support for something. The committee agitated for a change, but nothing was done.
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agitate against

To stir up public opposition to some cause or issue: The students in front of the administration building were agitating against the increase in tuition.
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agitate for

To stir up public support for some cause or issue: The union decided to agitate for better health insurance.
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Roke's research and design team anticipate that AGITATE could be produced for a few pence per unit and would have a broad range of tracking applications.
Addressing mediapersons here, Heptullah said that agitations are part and parcel of democracy and an MP is entitled to agitate.
A Reflection on Violence (1997), directed by John Martin from a script which he wrote with Sarabhai, offers her as the central narrative figure, one who is meant to challenge and agitate the audience about our human predisposition to violence.
And like any other unprecedented historic jolt, September 11 continues to agitate our collective mind.
In Buffalo," Ward concluded, "we will remember our heritage and honor our `Do Everything' approach, reflect upon accomplishments - from dress reform to universal suffrage - and reaffirm our commitment: Pray, Agitate, Educate and Legislate.
An undercover officer reported that a Times reporter, later identified as Louis Sahagun, interviewed him about the protest and then said: ``Would you walk over to those officers and sit or fall down, to agitate them.
The vulcanizing machine includes a mold mechanism such as a lower side mold (5) and an upper side mold (25) and the like, which removably accommodate a green tire (4), an agitating mechanism (30), which agitates a heating pressure medium such as nitrogen gas or the like, which vulcanization molds the green tire (4) by heating the green tire (4) while pressing it against the mold mechanism, and an induction heating mechanism (41), which preferentially heats the agitating mechanism.
agitates successfully at school to be taught about comparative American cultures, and he pressures his father in order to find out what happened to him in the internment camps, though his father is reluctant to talk about the past.
The vertical device is a long shaft with multi-directional arms that agitates material above and below the auger in the weigh hopper.
The fluff is blown into a cyclone mounted atop the fluff surge hopper, which agitates and feeds the ground scrap into the fluff metering hopper below it.
The first new patent to be issued is directed to Coinstar's proprietary coin cleaning technology and describes a perforated receptacle that agitates a batch of coins to clean them before advancing them to a coin discriminator.