agonize (agonizes, present participle agonizing; past and past participle agonized)

  1. (intransitive) To writhe with agony; to suffer violent anguish.
    • 1733, [Alexander Pope], An Essay on Man. […], (please specify ), London: Printed for J[ohn] Wilford, […], OCLC 960856019 ↗:
  2. (intransitive) To struggle; to wrestle; to strive desperately, whether mentally or physically.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet, chapter 3:
      So I took a last stare round, agonizing to see if there was any way of escape; but the stone walls and roof were solid enough to crush me, and the stack of casks too closely packed to hide more than a rat.
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