irritate definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To rouse to impatience or anger; annoy: a loud bossy voice that irritates listeners. See Synonyms at annoy.
    • To chafe or inflame.
    • Physiology To cause physiological task or response in (an organ or structure), as by application of a stimulus.
    • To make null and void.
    • to improve the activity or assault of; to heighten pleasure in; to intensify; to stimulate.
    • To stimulate anger or displeasure in; to trigger; to tease; to exasperate; to annoy; to vex.
    • to make discomfort in; to stimulate; resulting in to contract. See Irritation, n., 2.
    • In order to make morbidly excitable, or oversensitive; to worry
  • verb-intransitive:
    • to-be a cause of impatience or anger.
  • verb:
    • To trigger impatience, fury, or displeasure.
    • To introduce frustration.
    • To cause or cause displeasure or irritation.
    • To induce pain in (all or part of a body or organism).
    • excite to some characteristic activity or problem, eg motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus
    • excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame
    • cause irritation in; disturb, specially by small problems
  • adjective:
    • Excited; heightened.
  • others:
    • To stimulate to resentment or anger; annoy; vex; exasperate: because, to-be agitated by an officious or a tedious individual.
    • To excite to automatic activity by additional agency, as natural muscle; produce motion, contraction, or irritation in by stimulation: since, to aggravate your skin by chafing and/or nerves by teasing.
    • To give higher power or power to; excite.
    • Synonyms Provoke, Incense, etc. (see exasperate); fret, chafe, nettle, sting, annoy, gall, inflame, excite, anger, enrage.
    • Excited; exasperated; intensified.
    • To render null and void.

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