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Definition of "agonize" []

  • To suffer extreme pain or great anguish. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make a great effort; struggle. (verb-intransitive)
  • To cause great pain or anguish to. See Synonyms at afflict. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "agonize" in a sentence
  • "Spirit "agonize" in prayer as the Son did in Gethsemane?"
  • "People agonize over buying washing machines and homes, but all spending is important, Mr. Edelman says."
  • "To watch him agonize over some of the tough positions he took was to appreciate the complexity of a man judged harshly and often simplistically."