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bestir

[bih-stur] /bɪˈstɜr/
verb (used with object), bestirred, bestirring.
1.
to stir up; rouse to action (often used reflexively):
She bestirred herself at the first light of morning.
Origin of bestir
900
before 900; Middle English bistiren, Old English bestyrian to heap up. See be-, stir1
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  • Erie once reached, and a good breakfast added to his assets, he would doubtless have bestirred himself in my behalf.

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • So every one had said for a long time, but no one bestirred themselves to place her in it.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • If you had bestirred yourself to go and see her at eleven before Claudius arrived it would not have happened.

    Doctor Claudius, A True Story F. Marion Crawford
  • Aunt Jemima had bestirred herself, and was moving listlessly about the house.

    The Golden Shoemaker J. W. Keyworth
  • This bestirred Mar Cyril, who reappeared on the scene, and fanned the flame of discord.

  • She bestirred herself, and remembered the address of the boarding-house.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • Then Gilbert bestirred himself and said that he liked the dial very well, so that the Master was content.

    Paul the Minstrel and Other Stories Arthur Christopher Benson
  • With an effort Keeko bestirred herself from her despondency.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • On this hint Mr. Leach bestirred himself, and the men were quickly on the yards, casting loose gaskets and reef-points.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • How Mahlzahn has found his Menzel, and has bestirred himself, we saw.

British Dictionary definitions for bestirred

bestir

/bɪˈstɜː/
verb -stirs, -stirring, -stirred
1.
(transitive) 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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