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Definition 1: excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame - [verb of body]

Samples where irritate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Aspirin irritates my stomach

(irritate is a kind of ...) make worse

"This drug aggravates the pain"

(... is a kind of irritate ) become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

(... is a kind of irritate ) scrape or rub as if to relieve itching

"Don't scratch your insect bites!"

Definition 2: excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus - [verb of change]

Samples where irritate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • irritate the glands of a leaf

(irritate is a kind of ...) act as a stimulant

"The book stimulated her imagination" "This play stimulates"

(... is a kind of irritate ) irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear

"smooth surfaces can vellicate the teeth" "the pain is as if sharp points pinch your back"

(irritate belongs to category ...) the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms

Definition 3: cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations - [verb of emotion]

Samples where irritate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me
  • It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves

Synonyms for irritate in the sense of this definition

(irritate is a kind of ...) give displeasure to

(... is a kind of irritate ) irritate

"Her childish behavior really get to me" "His lying really gets me"

(... is a kind of irritate ) gnaw into; make resentful or angry

"The injustice rankled her" "his resentment festered"

(... is a kind of irritate ) cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful

(... is a kind of irritate ) trouble or vex

"ruffle somebody's composure"

(... is a kind of irritate ) cause annoyance in

(... is a kind of irritate ) annoy continually or chronically

"He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked" "This man harasses his female co-workers"

(... is a kind of irritate ) provoke the hostility of

"Don't antagonize your boss"

(irritate has a similar meaning as ...) feel extreme irritation or anger

"He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation"

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