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stir

verb  /stɜr/ us  

stir verb (MIX)

[I/T] (-rr-) to mix liquids or other substances, or to move an object such as a spoon in a circular movement: [T] Chad stirred the thick paint in the buckets. [I] Add tomatoes, stir, and bring to boil. [M] Let the rice sit, and then stir it up.

stir verb (MOVE)

[I/T] (-rr-) to move slightly, or to cause something to move: [T] A breeze stirred the palm trees. [I] The old man stirred in his chair. [M] Her boat went ahead of mine, so she’d stir up the fish and I’d catch them.

stir verb (CAUSE)

[T] to cause feelings or emotions to be felt: That music stirred some old emotions. [M] He just likes to stir up unrest.

stir

noun [U]  /stɜr/ us  

stir noun [U] (ACT OF MIXING)

the act of mixing liquids or other substances with an object such as a spoon: Give the onions a stir.

stir noun [U] (EXCITEMENT)

a lot of interest or excitement: He caused a stir at the music awards by emptying a glass of water over the presenter’s head.
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