—v.t. 1. to move or force into violent, irregular action: The hurricane winds agitated the sea. 2. to shake or move briskly: The machine agitated the mixture. 3. to move to and fro; impart regular motion to.
4. to disturb or excite emotionally; arouse; perturb: a crowd agitated to a frenzy by impassioned oratory; a man agitated by disquieting news. 5. to call attention to by speech or writing; discuss; debate: to agitate the question. 6. to consider on all sides; revolve in the mind; plan.
—v.i. to arouse or attempt to arouse public interest and support, as in some political or social cause or theory: to agitate for the repeal of a tax.