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v. ag·i·tat·ed, ag·i·tat·ing, ag·i·tates
1. To cause to move with violence or sudden force.
2. To upset; disturb: was agitated by the alarming news.
3. To arouse interest in (a cause, for example) by use of the written or spoken word; discuss or debate.
To stir up public interest in a cause: agitate for a tax reduction.

[Latin agitāre, agitāt-, frequentative of agere, to drive, do; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

ag′i·tat′ed·ly (-tā′tĭd-lē) adv.
ag′i·ta′tive adj.
Synonyms: agitate, churn, convulse, rock2, shake
These verbs mean to cause to move to and fro violently: surface water agitated by the boat's propeller; a storm churning the waves; buildings convulsed by an explosion; a hurricane rocking trees and houses; an earthquake that shook the ground.
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But I showed the money to your ladyship," said Smilash, twisting his hat agitatedly.
Madame de Cintre was calmly happy before the world, and Newman had the felicity of fancying that before him, when the world was absent, she was almost agitatedly happy.
I am in danger, I see, of being included among the whimsical fellows, which I so little desire that I have got me into my writing-chair to combat the charge, but, having sat for an unconscionable time with pen poised, I am come agitatedly to the fear that there may be something in it.
Under the stars of the blue summer night he walked agitatedly across the yard to the gate under the poplars.
It is all right, my dear; don't worry," soothed Miss Polly, agitatedly, hurrying forward.
Grasping at his authentic Israeli roots leaves him irritated at the habits of what he agitatedly thinks of as core to the Jewish disposition for dissettlement, "a law of their nature, an instinct of eternal restlessness.
The only witness was an 86-year-old roommate, Polly Schoneman, who was on the other side of the curtain and who agitatedly told nursing home staff members that she had heard noises that made her uncomfortable.
A Pakistani ironsmith said that he was carrying out some work in a building around 2pm when he spotted the accused moving agitatedly down an opposite building.