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Excite a crowd about it (7)


I believe the answer is:


'excite' is the definition.
(I know that excite can be written as agitate)

'a crowd about it' is the wordplay.
'crowd' becomes 'gate' (gate can refer to the crowd for a sporting event).
'about' indicates putting letters inside.
'gate' enclosing 'it' is 'gitate'.

(Other definitions for agitate that I've seen before include "Make troubled or nervous" , "Disturb or churn" , "Campaign" , "Trouble, make nervous" , "Disturb or shake" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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