WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ag•o•niz•ing  (agə nī′zing),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. accompanied by, filled with, or resulting in agony or distress:We spent an agonizing hour waiting to hear if the accident had been serious or not.
ago•niz′ing•ly, adv. 
  • agonize + -ing2 1660–70

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ag•o•nize /ˈægəˌnaɪz/USA pronunciation   v. [~ + over + object], -nized, -niz•ing. 
  1. to suffer great pain, anguish, or anxiety, as by thinking about something continuously:They agonized every night over their decision.
ag•o•nized, adj.: agonized cries of pain.
ag•o•niz•ing, adj.: an agonizing decision.
ag•o•niz•ing•ly, adv. See -agon-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ag•o•nize  (agə nīz′),USA pronunciation v.,  -nized, -niz•ing. 
v.i. 
  1. to suffer extreme pain or anguish;
    be in agony.
  2. to put forth great effort of any kind.

v.t. 
  1. to distress with extreme pain;
    torture.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] ago•nise′. 
  • Greek agōnízesthai to struggle (for a prize), equivalent. to agōn- agon + -izesthai -ize
  • Medieval Latin agōnizāre
  • 1575–85


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

agonize, agonise /ˈæɡəˌnaɪz/ vb
  1. to suffer or cause to suffer agony
  2. (intransitive) to make a desperate effort; struggle; strive
Etymology: 16th Century: via Medieval Latin from Greek agōnizesthai to contend for a prize, from agōn agon

ˈagoˌnizingly, ˈagoˌnisingly adv



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