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[bih-stur] /bɪˈstɜr/
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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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for bestir


verb -stirs, -stirring, -stirred
(transitive) 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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