Definition of Stir in English :

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Stir meaning in English

Meaning of Stir in English

Pronunciation of Stir in English

Stir pronunciation in English

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1. splash, stir

a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event

Example Sentences:
'he made a great splash and then disappeared'

2. stir

emotional agitation and excitement

3. ado, bustle, flurry, fuss, hustle, stir

a rapid active commotion


4. stir

move an implement through

Example Sentences:
'stir the soup'
'stir my drink'
'stir the soil'

5. agitate, budge, shift, stir

move very slightly

Example Sentences:
'He shifted in his seat'

6. excite, stimulate, stir

stir feelings in

Example Sentences:
'stimulate my appetite'
'excite the audience'
'stir emotions'

7. excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir

stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

Example Sentences:
'These stories shook the community'
'the civil war shook the country'

8. stir, touch

affect emotionally

Example Sentences:
'A stirring movie'
'I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy'

9. arouse, bring up, call down, call forth, conjure, conjure up, evoke, invoke, put forward, raise, stir

summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic

Example Sentences:
'raise the specter of unemployment'
'he conjured wild birds in the air'
'call down the spirits from the mountain'

10. arouse, stir

to begin moving,

Example Sentences:
'As the thunder started the sleeping children began to stir'

11. stir

mix or add by stirring

Example Sentences:
'Stir nuts into the dough'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of stir
verbWord forms: stirs, stirring or stirred
to move an implement such as a spoon around in (a liquid) so as to mix up the constituents
she stirred the porridge
to change or cause to change position; disturb or be disturbed
he stirred in his sleep
3. (intransitive; often foll by from)
to venture or depart (from one's usual or preferred place)
he won't stir from the fireside
4. (intransitive)
to be active after a rest; be up and about
5. (transitive)
to excite or stimulate, esp emotionally
to move (oneself) briskly or vigorously; exert (oneself)
7. (transitive)
to rouse or awaken
to stir someone from sleep
to stir memories
8. informal (when tr, foll by up)
to cause or incite others to cause (trouble, arguments, etc)
9.  stir one's stumps
the act or an instance of stirring or the state of being stirred
a strong reaction, esp of excitement
his publication caused a stir
a slight movement
13. New Zealand informal
a noisy party
a slang word for prison
in stir
abbreviation for

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see synonyms of stir
verb transitiveWord forms: stirred or ˈstirring
to move, shake, agitate, etc., esp. slightly
to change the position of slightly; displace
to stir a log
to rouse from sleep, lethargy, indifference, etc.
to put (oneself, one's limbs, etc.) into motion or activity, esp. briskly
to move an implement, the hand, etc. through (a liquid or loose substance) with an agitated motion so that the particles change position with relation to one another
to mix by or as by imparting such a motion to
to excite the feelings of; move strongly
to incite or provoke
often with up
to stir up trouble
to evoke, or call up
to stir memories
verb intransitive
to move or change position, esp. only slightly
not a leaf stirred
to be up and about; be busy and active
to be taking place, going on, happening, etc.
to begin to show signs of activity; begin to come to life
to impart an agitated motion to a liquid, mixture, etc. as with a spoon
to be stirred
a mixture that stirs easily
the act, an instance, or the sound of stirring
movement; activity; agitation
a state of excitement; commotion; tumult
a prison

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of stir
v. stirred, stir·ring, stirs
a. To pass an implement through (a liquid, for example), usually in circular motions, so as to mix or cool the contents: stirred the soup before tasting it.
b. To use an implement to move or rearrange the fuel in (a fire) to increase light or heat.
c. To add or mix in (an ingredient, for example) into a liquid or mixture by moving an implement: stirred a cup of sugar into the cake batter.
d. To mix together the ingredients of (a liquid, for example) before cooking or use by moving an implement: stirred up some popover batter; stirred the paint.
e. To move or pass (an implement) through a liquid in order to mix or cool the contents: stirred her spoon in her coffee.
2. To cause to move or shift, especially slightly or with irregular motion: A breeze stirred the branches.
a. To cause to become active; bestir: stirred themselves to fix breakfast.
b. To excite strong feelings in or rouse, as from indifference: The speaker stirred us to volunteer at the homeless shelter. See Synonyms at provoke.
c. To provoke deliberately; incite. Often used with up: stir up trouble.
1. To change position slightly: The leaves were stirring in the breeze.
a. To start to move, especially in rising from sleep: The house was quiet, as no one had stirred yet.
b. To move about actively or busily: People were stirring about the office.
c. To move away from a customary or usual place or position: instructed the guards not to stir from their posts.
a. To stir or mix a liquid or mixture: stood at the counter stirring.
b. To be capable of being stirred: a mixture that stirs easily.
4. To happen or begin: when the civil rights movement first stirred.
5. To be roused or affected by strong feelings: "His wrath so stirred within him, that he could have struck him dead" (Charles Dickens).
1. A stirring, mixing, or poking movement: gave the fire a stir.
2. A slight movement: slept soundly and barely made a stir.
3. An excited reaction or commotion: The news caused quite a stir in our family.

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