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Definition of "irritate" []

  • To rouse to impatience or anger; annoy: a loud bossy voice that irritates listeners. See Synonyms at annoy. (verb-transitive)
  • To chafe or inflame. (verb-transitive)
  • Physiology To cause physiological activity or response in (an organ or tissue), as by application of a stimulus. (verb-transitive)
  • To be a cause of impatience or anger. (verb-intransitive)

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 "irritate" in a sentence
  • "Tony swung back to him, his expression irritate "What are you talking about?""
  • "(even by the fact that the word irritate has too many double letters in it)."
  • "And even though it's not a rule that you HAVE to tip it does kind of irritate me sometimes that you're expected to tip AND pay the 5% surcharge."