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a feeling of agitation or anxiety
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1. Acid indigestion.
2. Informal Nervousness or worry; agitation: economic uncertainties that gave investors agita.
[American pronunciation spelling (perhaps using t to represent the pronunciation of das an alveolar flap, or influenced by agitate) of a southern Italian dialectal variant of Italian acido, acid, from Latin acidus, sour; see acid.]
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1. acid indigestion
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ag•i•ta(ˈædʒ ɪ tə)
1. heartburn; indigestion.
2. agitation; anxiety.
[1980–85, Amer.; < Italian, <agitare < Latin agitāre agitate]
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