also agonise BrE [ˈægənaız] v
to think about a difficult decision very carefully and with a lot of effort
agonize over/about
All the way home she agonized about what she should do.
>agonizing[i] n [U]

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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  • Agonize — Ag o*nize, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Agonized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Agonizing}.] [F. agoniser, LL. agonizare, fr. Gr. ?. See {Agony}.] 1. To writhe with agony; to suffer violent anguish. [1913 Webster] To smart and agonize at every pore. Pope. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • agonize — (Amer.) ag·o·nize || ægÉ™naɪz v. suffer agony, suffer, be in torment, cause to agonize (also agonise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Agonize — Ag o*nize, v. t. To cause to suffer agony; to subject to extreme pain; to torture. [1913 Webster] He agonized his mother by his behavior. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • agonize — index bait (harass), brood, distress, harass, inflict, persecute, press (goad) …   Law dictionary

  • agonize — (v.) 1580s, to torture, from M.Fr. agoniser or directly from M.L. agonizare, from Gk. agonizesthai to contend in the struggle (see AGONY (Cf. agony)). Intransitive sense of to suffer physical pain is recorded from 1660s. That of to worry… …   Etymology dictionary

  • agonize — *writhe, squirm Analogous words: suffer, endure, *bear: torment, rack, torture, *afflict …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • agonize — [v] suffer or cause another to suffer afflict, bleed, carry on, crucify, distress, disturb, eat heart out*, excruciate, harrow, hurt, labor, lament, martyr, pain, rack, sing the blues*, squirm, stew over, strain, strive, struggle, take it badly* …   New thesaurus

  • agonize — (also agonise) ► VERB 1) worry greatly. 2) cause agony to. DERIVATIVES agonizing adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • agonize — [ag′ə nīz΄] vi. agonized, agonizing [LL agonizare < Gr agōnizesthai, to contend for a prize < agōn, AGON] 1. to make convulsive efforts; struggle 2. to be in agony or great pain; feel anguish vt. to cause great pain to; torture agonizing… …   English World dictionary

  • agonize — v. (D; intr.) to agonize over (to agonize over a decision) * * * [ ægənaɪz] (D; intr.) to agonize over (to agonize over a decision) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • agonize — UK [ˈæɡənaɪz] / US [ˈæɡəˌnaɪz] verb [intransitive] Word forms agonize : present tense I/you/we/they agonize he/she/it agonizes present participle agonizing past tense agonized past participle agonized to spend a long time worrying and being upset …   English dictionary

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