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[bih-stur] /bɪˈstɜr/
verb (used with object), bestirred, bestirring.
to stir up; rouse to action (often used reflexively):
She bestirred herself at the first light of morning.
Origin of bestir
before 900; Middle English bistiren, Old English bestyrian to heap up. See be-, stir1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bestir
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  • In order to bestir himself, Pierre began to examine the two rooms.

  • Our friends must bestir themselves once more, perhaps we may yet turn the scale.

  • So she began to flutter round her husband, goading him on to bestir himself.

  • Yet all else will fail unless you bestir yourself in the next three days.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • The officers of the first grey regiment began to bestir themselves.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • When they were quite out of sight, Phineas began to bestir himself.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Not to stand beside him as the Cricket did, but to busy and bestir themselves.

    The Cricket on the Hearth Charles Dickens
  • "It's the only way to get people to bestir themselves," said Lettice complacently.

  • Every one of you can do as well as he did, if you only bestir yourselves and bring your will to it.

    One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt
  • Get up, husband, and bestir yourself, for we must be king of all the land.

British Dictionary definitions for bestir


verb -stirs, -stirring, -stirred
(transitive) to cause (oneself, or, rarely, another person) to become active; rouse
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Word Origin and History for bestir

Old English bestyrian "to heap up," from be- + stir. Related: Bestirred; bestirring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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