bestir

[bih-stur]
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verb (used with object), be·stirred, be·stir·ring.
  1. 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
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bestir

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

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

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