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Meaning & Definition of Irritate in English

English

Irritate

/ɪrɪtet/

verb

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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • irritate

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"
    synonym:
  • irritate