agitate


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.

agitate against

To provoke or encourage negative feelings or opinions about someone or something; to protest something. The protesters are agitating against the company's unfair working conditions.
See also: agitate

agitate for

To encourage and build support for a cause, especially by actively campaigning for it. The students have had great success agitating for more social events on campus, but the dean is still opposed to the idea.
See also: agitate

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.
See also: agitate

agitate for something

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

agitate against

v.
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.
See also: agitate

agitate for

v.
To stir up public support for some cause or issue: The union decided to agitate for better health insurance.
See also: agitate
References in periodicals archive ?
Replying to a question whether BJP and the Left parties would jointly agitate on the price hike issues here, Mr.
IT'S a harsh question, but one Valley that begs answering: Are workers at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power merely inept, or are their recent high-profile mistakes actually part of a work action to agitate for more pay?
Addressing mediapersons here, Heptullah said that agitations are part and parcel of democracy and an MP is entitled to agitate.
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.