bestir

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

to stir up; rouse to action (often used reflexively): She bestirred herself at the first light of morning.

Nearby words

  1. bestiality,
  2. bestialize,
  3. bestially,
  4. bestiary,
  5. bestie,
  6. bestow,
  7. bestowal,
  8. bestraddle,
  9. bestrew,
  10. bestride

Origin of bestir

before 900; Middle English bistiren, Old English bestyrian to heap up. See be-, stir1

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British Dictionary definitions for bestirred

bestir

/ (bɪˈstɜː) /

verb -stirs, -stirring or -stirred

(tr) to cause (oneself, or, rarely, another person) to become active; rouse
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Word Origin and History for bestirred

bestir

v.

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

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