verb (used with object), be·stirred, be·stir·ring.

  1. to stir up; rouse to action (often used reflexively): She bestirred herself at the first light of morning.

verb -stirs, -stirring or -stirred

  1. (tr) to cause (oneself, or, rarely, another person) to become active; rouse

Old English bestyrian “to heap up,” from be- + stir. Related: Bestirred; bestirring.

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