stir1 W3S3 [stə: US stə:r] v past tense and past participle stirred present participle stirring
2¦(move slightly)¦
3¦(leave a place)¦
5¦(do something)¦
6¦(cause trouble)¦
Phrasal verbs
 stir somebody/something<=>up
[: Old English; Origin: styrian]
1.) ¦(MIX)¦ [T]
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 sth with sth
She stirred her coffee with a plastic spoon.
stir sth in/into sth
Stir a cup of cooked brown rice into the mixture.
2.) ¦(MOVE SLIGHTLY)¦ [I and T]
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.
to leave or move from a place
He hadn't stirred from his chair all morning.
4.) ¦(FEELINGS)¦
a) [T]
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) [I]
if a feeling stirs in you, you begin to feel it
Excitement stirred inside her.
5.) ¦(DO SOMETHING)¦ [T]
to make someone start doing something
stir sb to do sth
The incident stirred students to protest.
be stirring (it)
[i]BrE informal to cause trouble between people by spreading false or secret information
Ben's always stirring!
stir up [stir sb/sth<=>up] phr v
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.
stir 2
stir2 n
[Sense: 1-2; Date: 1300-1400; Origin: STIR1]
[Sense: 3; Date: 1800-1900; Origin: Perhaps from Romany stariben, sturraben 'prison']
1.) [C usually singular]
a feeling of excitement or annoyance
create/cause a stir
Plans for the motorway caused quite a stir among locals.
2.) [C usually singular]
an act of stirring something
Give that pan a stir , will you?
3.) [U and C] AmE old-fashioned informal a prison

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