(redirected from agitated)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
Related to agitated: agitated depression

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, for
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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, for
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: agitate

agitate for

To stir up public support for some cause or issue: The union decided to agitate for better health insurance.
See also: agitate, for
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
The man who loved numbers and was very agitated. "We gave him sums, which we had deliberately got wrong, to mark."
Biary said that the key to safely managing agitated patients was not related to knowing general self-defense techniques, and that being physically larger and stronger than the patient is not necessarily an advantage.
aureus was equivalent between static and agitated broth incubation.
Agitated behaviors, including verbal belligerence, wandering, and physical aggression, pose safety risks for patients, staff, and family members.
Mr Gittins said the retired joiner had become "very negative about his condition and could become very agitated".
The seal had been caught in fishing line and was in an 'agitated state' on rocks north of buildings on St Mary's Island.
THE agitated members of Rampur's Valmiki community have been pacified for now.
While high-minded Margaret (Hynes) is getting agitated tonight is getting agitated tonight H about the rights of working-class women, it's poor Gwen who is rushed off her feet doing all the actual labour to keep the Banbury Intricate Craft Circle operational and fully refreshed with pots of tea and sandwiches.
A MAN who died in the street was agitated before having a heart attack, an inquest heard.
According to reports incidence of violence erupted in Dodapur area of Jacobabad, after clashes broke out between police and agitated locals who were protesting against the abduction of local woman who has been kidnapped from Hyderabad.
AN ARMED stand-off with an agitated man saw a nearby street in Haverfordwest cordoned off last night.
The root cause of these man-made problems is the inability of human beings to control their agitated minds.
Manila A swarm of agitated bees attacked a school in southern Philippines recently, forcing officials to cancel classes as the insects stung people in the school.