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Meaning of “stir” in the English Dictionary

"stir" in British English

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stirverb

uk   /stɜːr/  us   /stɝː/ (-rr-)
  • stir verb (MIX)

B1 [I or T] to ​mix a ​liquid or other ​substance by ​moving an ​object such as a ​spoon in a ​circularpattern: Stir the ​saucegently until it ​begins to ​boil. Stir the ​eggyolks into the ​mixture. She ​paused to stir some ​milk into her ​coffee. Slowly ​add the ​flour, stirring until ​completelyblended.

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  • stir verb (MOVE)

C2 [I or T] to ​move or to ​cause something to ​moveslightly: A ​lightbreeze stirred the ​leaveslying on the ​path. He stirred in his ​sleep as I ​kissed him. [I] (UK also stir yourself) to ​wake up or ​begin to ​move or take ​action: The ​alarmclock went off, but she didn't stir.UK Come on, stir yourselves, or you'll be late!
  • stir verb (CAUSE EMOTION)

C2 [T] If something stirs you, it makes you ​feel a ​strongemotion: I was ​deeply stirred by her ​performance. [+ obj + to infinitive ] The ​speech stirred the ​crowd to take ​action. [I] literary If an ​emotion stirs within you, you ​begin to ​feel it: Hope stirred within her ​heart. [I] UK informal disapproving to ​causetroubleintentionally between other ​people, ​especially by ​tellingfalse or ​secretinformation: There's a lot of ​gossip about me going around. Have you been stirring?
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stirnoun

uk   /stɜːr/  us   /stɝː/
(Definition of stir from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stir" in American English

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stirverb

 us   /stɜr/
  • stir verb (MIX)

[I/T] (-rr-) to ​mixliquids or other ​substances, or to move an ​object such as a ​spoon in a ​circularmovement: [T] Chad stirred the ​thickpaint in the ​buckets. [I] Add ​tomatoes, stir, and ​bring to ​boil. [M] Let the ​ricesit, 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 ​palmtrees. [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 ​causefeelings or ​emotions to be ​felt: That ​music stirred some ​oldemotions. [M] He just ​likes to stir up ​unrest.

stirnoun [U]

 us   /stɜr/
  • stir noun [U] (ACT OF MIXING)

the ​act of ​mixingliquids 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 ​musicawards by emptying a ​glass of ​water over the presenter’s ​head.
(Definition of stir from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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