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

before 900; Middle English bistiren, Old English bestyrian to heap up. See be-, stir1 Unabridged
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bestir (bɪˈstɜː)
vb , -stirs, -stirring, -stirred
(tr) to cause (oneself, or, rarely, another person) to become active; rouse

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Word Origin & History

O.E. bestyrian "to heap up," from be- + stir.
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Example sentences
When it finally did bestir itself to action, the company mounted what was then the costliest oil-spill cleanup effort in history.
If law enforcement needed that much surveillance, he noted, they could bestir themselves to get a warrant.
Similarly, natural events such as hurricanes can bestir pollutants from the sediment.
Now is the time for the friends of freedom to bestir themselves.
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