- to stir up; rouse to action (often used reflexively): She bestirred herself at the first light of morning.
Origin of bestir
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Examples from the Web for bestirred
So every one had said for a long time, but no one bestirred themselves to place her in it.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
You must have talked too much, and have bestirred and excited yourself.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
But he at once bestirred himself, and said he would go and see.The Fortune of the Rougons
Aunt Jemima had bestirred herself, and was moving listlessly about the house.The Golden Shoemaker
J. W. Keyworth
Charlie bestirred himself at once, and assisted in shooting the gear.Chatterbox, 1905.
- (tr) to cause (oneself, or, rarely, another person) to become active; rouse
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Word Origin and History for bestirred
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