What does the word agitate mean?

Usage examples for agitate

  1. Since this country has absolutely nothing to fear, or any other country anything to gain from its invasion, it seems to me that the party of civilization ought immediately, at any cost of discredit, to begin to agitate against any increase of either army, navy, or coast defense. – The Letters of William James, Vol. II by William James
  2. What will agitate one community will not in the same measure agitate another. – The Breath of Life by John Burroughs
  3. The question, therefore, of the succession to his vast empire began now to agitate every European Court. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., Volume 3 And His Court and of The Regency by Duc de Saint-Simon