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Overview of verb irritate

The verb irritate has 3 senses? (first 2 from tagged texts)
1. (3) annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil

(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")

2. (1) irritate

(excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame; "Aspirin irritates my stomach")

3. irritate

(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")


Overview of adj irritating

The adj irritating has 3 senses? (first 1 from tagged texts)
1. (1) annoying, bothersome, galling, irritating, nettlesome, pesky, pestering, pestiferous, plaguy, plaguey, teasing, vexatious, vexing

(causing irritation or annoyance; "tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork"; "aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport"; "found it galling to have to ask permission"; "an irritating delay"; "nettlesome paperwork"; "a pesky mosquito"; "swarms of pestering gnats"; "a plaguey newfangled safety catch"; "a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him"; "a vexatious child"; "it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong")

2. irritating, irritative

((used of physical stimuli) serving to stimulate or excite; "an irritative agent")

3. irritating, painful

(causing physical discomfort; "bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful")

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