1 To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel. “Winds . . . agitate the air.” Cowper.
2 To move or actuate. [R.] Thomson.
3 To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb; as, he was greatly agitated. The mind of man is agitated by various passions. Johnson.
4 To discuss with great earnestness; to debate; as, a controversy hotly agitated. Boyle.
5 To revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive busily; to devise; to plot; as, politicians agitate desperate designs.