To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel.
(rare) To move or actuate.
To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb; as, he was greatly agitated.
- ``Winds . . . agitate the air.'' --Cowper.
To discuss with great earnestness; to debate; as, a controversy hotly agitated.
To revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive busily; to devise; to plot; as, politicians agitate desperate designs.
- The mind of man is agitated by various passions. --Johnson.
* move, shake, excite, rouse, disturb, distract, revolve, discuss, debate, canvass
* (l) (Scotland)
To inhabit, or visit frequently (most often used in reference to ghosts).
- A couple of ghosts haunt the old, burnt-down house.
* Jonathan Swift
- You wrong me, sir, thus still to haunt my house.
- those cares that haunt the court and town
To make uneasy, restless.
- Foul spirits haunt my resting place.
To stalk, to follow
- The memory of his past failures haunted him.
To live habitually; to stay, to remain.
* 1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , John XI:
- The policeman haunted him, following him everywhere.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.x:
- Jesus therfore walked no more openly amonge the iewes: butt went his waye thence vnto a countre ny to a wildernes into a cite called effraym, and there haunted with his disciples.
To accustom; habituate; make accustomed to.
- yonder in that wastefull wildernesse / Huge monsters haunt , and many dangers dwell
To practise; to devote oneself to.
- Haunt thyself to pity.
To persist in staying or visiting.
- Leave honest pleasure, and haunt no good pastime.
- I've charged thee not to haunt about my doors.
A place at which one is regularly found; a hangout.
* 1868 , , "Kitty's Class Day":
* 1984 , Timothy Loughran and Natalie Angier, "
- Both Jack and Fletcher had graduated the year before, but still took an interest in their old haunts , and patronized the fellows who were not yet through.
Science: Striking It Rich in Wyoming," Time , 8 Oct.:
(dialect) A ghost.
* 1891 , Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country , Nebraska 2005, p. 93:
- Wyoming has been a favorite haunt of paleontologists for the past century ever since westering pioneers reported that many vertebrate fossils were almost lying on the ground.
A feeding place for animals.
- ‘Harnts don't wander much ginerally,’ he said. ‘They hand round thar own buryin'-groun' mainly.’
[Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.]