irritate

  • 1 Irritate — Ir ri*tate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Irritated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Irritating}.] [L. irritatus, p. p. of irritare. Of doubtful origin.] [1913 Webster] 1. To increase the action or violence of; to heighten excitement in; to intensify; to stimulate.… …

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  • 2 irritate — [ir′i tāt΄] vt. irritated, irritating [< L irritatus, pp. of irritare, to excite, stimulate, irritate < ir , in + IE base * erei , to excite, agitate > ROAM] 1. to excite to anger; provoke; annoy; exasperate 2. to cause (an organ or part …

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  • 3 irritate — [v1] upset, anger abrade, affront, aggravate, annoy, bother, bug*, burn*, chafe, confuse, distemper, disturb, drive up the wall*, enrage, exasperate, fret, gall, get, get on nerves*, get under skin*, grate, harass, incense, inflame, infuriate,… …

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  • 4 Irritate — Ir ri*tate, a. Excited; heightened. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 Irritate — Ir ri*tate, v. t. [See 1 st {Irritant}.] To render null and void. [R.] Abp. Bramhall. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 irritate — I verb affront, aggravate, agitate, anger, annoy, badger, bother, bully, chafe, discompose, displease, disturb, enrage, exacerbate, exasperate, excite anger, excite impatience, fret, gall, give offense, grate, harass, hector, incense, inflame,… …

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  • 7 irritate — (v.) 1530s, stimulate to action, rouse, incite, from L. irritatus, pp. of irritare excite, provoke. An earlier verb form was irrite (mid 15c.), from O.Fr. irriter. Meaning annoy, make impatient is from 1590s. Related: Irritated; irritating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 irritate — irritate, exasperate, nettle, provoke, aggravate, rile, peeve are comparable when meaning to excite a feeling of angry annoyance in a person. Something which irritates greatly displeases or offends and evokes a display of feeling ranging from… …

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  • 9 irritate — ► VERB 1) make annoyed or angry. 2) cause inflammation in (a part of the body). DERIVATIVES irritating adjective irritation noun. ORIGIN Latin irritare …

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  • 10 irritate — irritator, n. /ir i tayt /, v., irritated, irritating. v.t. 1. to excite to impatience or anger; annoy. 2. Physiol., Biol. to excite (a living system) to some characteristic action or function. 3. Pathol. to bring (a body part) to an abnormally… …

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  • 11 irritate */ — UK [ˈɪrɪteɪt] / US [ˈɪrɪˌteɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms irritate : present tense I/you/we/they irritate he/she/it irritates present participle irritating past tense irritated past participle irritated 1) to make someone feel annoyed or… …

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  • 12 irritate — verb ( tated; tating) Etymology: Latin irritatus, past participle of irritare Date: 1598 transitive verb 1. to provoke impatience, anger, or displeasure in ; annoy 2. to induce irritability in or of intransitive verb to cause or induce… …

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  • 13 irritate — v. 1) to irritate greatly, very much 2) (R) it irritated me (to learn) that she had been promoted * * * [ ɪrɪteɪt] very much (R) it irritated me (to learn) that she had been promoted to irritate greatly …

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  • 14 irritate — ir|ri|tate [ ırı,teıt ] verb transitive * 1. ) to make you feel annoyed or impatient: The more intrusive advertisements become, the more they irritate Web users. It s the little things that begin to irritate you. 2. ) to hurt a part of your body …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 irritate — ir·ri·tate ir ə .tāt vb, tat·ed; tat·ing vt 1) to provoke impatience, anger, or displeasure in 2) to cause (an organ or tissue) to be irritable: produce irritation in <harsh soaps may irritate the skin> 3) to produce excitation in (as a… …

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  • 16 irritate — See aggravate. See aggravate, annoy, irritate …

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  • 17 irritate — verb ADVERB ▪ really ▪ That man really irritates me! ▪ slightly ▪ easily ▪ She was moody at times and easily irritated. Irritate i …

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  • 18 irritate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. annoy, provoke, vex, bother, trouble; irk, exasperate, chafe, nettle, ruffle. See excitement, violence, resentment. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To bother] Syn. provoke, annoy, exasperate, pester, peeve …

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  • 19 irritate — ir|ri|tate [ˈırıteıt] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of irritare to cause strong feelings in, excite ] 1.) to make someone feel annoyed or impatient, especially by doing something many times or for a long period of… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 irritate — [[t]ɪ̱rɪteɪt[/t]] irritates, irritating, irritated 1) VERB If something irritates you, it keeps annoying you. [V n] Their attitude irritates me... [V n] Perhaps they were irritated by the sound of crying. Syn …

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