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VERB (3)

1. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations;
- Example: "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"
- Example: "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
[syn: annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil]

2. excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame;
- Example: "Aspirin irritates my stomach"

3. excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus;
- Example: "irritate the glands of a leaf"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Irritate \Ir"ri*tate\, a. Excited; heightened. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Irritate \Ir"ri*tate\, v. t. [See 1 st Irritant.] To render null and void. [R.] --Abp. Bramhall. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] Cold maketh the spirits vigorous and irritateth them. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] Dismiss the man, nor irritate the god: Prevent the rage of him who reigns above. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 3. (Physiol.) To produce irritation in; to stimulate; to cause to contract. See Irritation, n., 2. [1913 Webster] 4. (Med.) To make morbidly excitable, or oversensitive; to fret; as, the skin is irritated by friction; to irritate a wound by a coarse bandage. Syn: To fret; inflame; excite; provoke; tease; vex; exasperate; anger; incense; enrage. Usage: To Irritate, Provoke, Exasperate. These words express different stages of excited or angry feeling. Irritate denotes an excitement of quick and slightly angry feeling which is only momentary; as, irritated by a hasty remark. To provoke implies the awakening of some open expression of decided anger; as, a provoking insult. Exasperate denotes a provoking of anger at something unendurable. Whatever comes across our feelings irritates; whatever excites anger provokes; whatever raises anger to a high point exasperates. "Susceptible and nervous people are most easily irritated; proud people are quickly provoked; hot and fiery people are soonest exasperated." --Crabb. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

irritate v 1: cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves" [syn: annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil] 2: excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame; "Aspirin irritates my stomach" [ant: soothe] 3: 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"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

146 Moby Thesaurus words for "irritate": abrade, afflict, affront, agent provocateur, aggravate, agonize, ail, alienate, amplify, anger, annoy, arouse, augment, bite, bother, bristle, bug, build up, burn, burn up, chafe, come between, convulse, crucify, cut, damage, deepen, deteriorate, dilapidate, disaffect, distress, disunite, divide, embitter, endamage, enhance, enlarge, enrage, estrange, exacerbate, exasperate, excruciate, exercise, fan the flame, fester, fluster, fret, gall, get, give pain, gnaw, grate, grate on, gravel, grind, gripe, grit, harass, harm, harrow, harry, hassle, heat up, hector, heighten, hot up, huff, hurt, impair, incense, increase, inflame, inflict pain, injure, intensify, irk, jangle the nerves, jar on, kill by inches, lacerate, light the fuse, magnify, make acute, make trouble, make worse, martyr, martyrize, miff, nag, needle, nettle, nip, offend, pain, peeve, pester, pick at, pick on, pierce, pinch, pique, pit against, plague, prick, prolong the agony, provoke, put back, put on edge, put out, put to torture, rack, rankle, rasp, rile, roil, rub, ruffle, separate, set against, set at odds, set at variance, set on, set on edge, set up, sharpen, sic on, sour, sow dissension, stab, sting, stir the blood, stir up, stir up trouble, torment, torture, trouble, try, tweak, twist, vex, weaken, work up, worry, worsen, wound, wring