v. ir·ri·tat·ed, ir·ri·tat·ing, ir·ri·tates
1. To cause (someone) to feel impatient or angry; annoy: a loud, bossy voice that irritates listeners. See Synonyms at annoy.
2. To make sore or inflamed: The smoke irritated my eyes.
3. Physiology To cause a physiological response to a stimulus in (a cell, body tissue, or organism).
To be a cause of impatience or anger.
[Latin irrītāre, irrītāt-.]
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