What is the meaning of irritate?


  • Cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations.
    • usage: "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
  • Excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame.
    • usage: "Aspirin irritates my stomach"
  • Excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus.
    • usage: "irritate the glands of a leaf"
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