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Language: Old English
Origin: styrian

stir

1 verb
     
stir1 S3 W3 past tense and past participle stirred, present participle stirring
1

mix

[transitive] to move a liquid or substance around with a spoon or stick in order to mix it together:
Stir the paint to make sure it is smooth.
stir something with something
She stirred her coffee with a plastic spoon.
stir something in/into something
Stir a cup of cooked brown rice into the mixture.
2

move slightly

[intransitive and transitive] to move slightly or to make something move slightly:
The crowd began to stir as they waited for the band to start.
A gentle breeze stirred the curtains.
3

leave a place

[intransitive] to leave or move from a place:
He hadn't stirred from his chair all morning.
4

feelings

a) [transitive] to make someone have a strong feeling or reaction
stir memories/emotions etc
Looking at the photographs stirred childhood memories of the long hot summers.
The poem succeeds in stirring the imagination.
b) [intransitive] if a feeling stirs in you, you begin to feel it:
Excitement stirred inside her.
5

do something

[transitive] to make someone start doing something
stir somebody to do something
The incident stirred students to protest.
6

cause trouble

be stirring (it)

British English informal to cause trouble between people by spreading false or secret information:
Ben's always stirring!

stir somebody/something ↔ up

phrasal verb
1 to deliberately try to cause arguments or bad feelings between people:
John was always stirring up trouble in class.
Dave's just trying to stir things up because he's jealous.
2 to make small pieces of something move around in the air or in water:
The wind had stirred up a powdery red dust.

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