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English definition of “stir”

stir

verb (CAUSE EMOTION)    /stɜːr/ US  /stɝː/ (-rr-)
C2 [T] If something stirs you, it makes you feel a strong emotion: I was deeply stirred by her performance. [+ obj + to infinitive ] The speech stirred the crowd to take action.Causing things to happen [I] literary If an emotion stirs within you, you begin to feel it: Hope stirred within her heart.Starting and beginningStarting again [I] UK informal disapproving to cause trouble intentionally between other people, especially by telling false or secret information: There's a lot of gossip about me going around. Have you been stirring? → See also stirsth upUpsetting and destabilizingRevealing secrets and becoming known
(Definition of stir verb (CAUSE EMOTION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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