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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.
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Origin of bestir

before 900; Middle English bistiren, Old English bestyrian to heap up. See be-, stir1
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Examples from the Web for bestir

Historical Examples

  • In order to bestir himself, Pierre began to examine the two rooms.

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete

    Emile Zola

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for 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


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

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