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Definitions of irritate

  1. To render null and void. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To increase the action or violence of; to heighten excitement in; to intensify; to stimulate. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To excite anger or displeasure in; to provoke; to tease; to exasperate; to annoy; to vex; as, the insolence of a tyrant irritates his subjects. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To produce irritation in; to stimulate; to cause to contract. See Irritation, n., 2. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To provoke or make angry; cause heat and redness in. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To make angry: to provoke: to excite heat and redness in. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To provoke; excite heat and redness in. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. To anger; provoke; inflame. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. physiology and biology: excite to some characteristic action or condition, as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus; "irritate the glands of a leaf" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus; "irritate the glands of a leaf" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. To render null. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. To make angry or fretful; to provoke or exasperate; to inflame or excite heat in, as the flesh or skin. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. Irritability. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. To make morbidly excitable, or oversensitive; to fret; as, the skin is irritated by friction; to irritate a wound by a coarse bandage. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Excited; heightened. Webster Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for irritate

  1. She had put him beneath further notice, and yet every toss of her head, every movement of her hands, seemed meant for him, to irritate him. – A Cumberland Vendetta by John Fox, Jr.
  2. On the contrary it would expressly invite or irritate the Spaniards into a resumption of the war, an object which in his humble opinion was not at all desirable. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
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