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verb stir pronunciation in American English /stɜr/
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present tense
I/you/we/theystir
he/she/itstirs
present participlestirring
past tensestirred
past participlestirred
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to mix a drink by moving it around with a spoon or a stick
    1. b.
      to move food around in a dish or pan using a spoon or other object
      Stir the sauce gently over a low heat.
      stir well/thoroughly: Add the cream and stir thoroughly.
  2. 2

    stir

    or

    stir up

    [transitive] to make someone feel upset or angry
    The latest economic figures have stirred fears of growing inflation.
    stir anger/hatred/fears: This murder has stirred a lot of ill feeling in the community.
    1. a.

      stir

      or

      stir up

      [transitive] to make someone feel enthusiastic about something
      stir hopes/excitement/interest: Approaching elections have stirred hopes of reform.
    2. b.

      stir

      or

      stir up

      [transitive] to make someone think about something
      Seeing George again stirred old memories in me.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] if an emotion or thought stirs in you, you feel it or think about it
    A faint memory stirred in my mind.
    A feeling of excitement stirred in her.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to move slightly after being still for a long time
    Early that morning the children begin stirring sleepily.
  5. 5
    [intransitive] if you do not stir from a place, you do not leave it or move away from it
    She didn’t stir from her house for three days.
  6. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] to move, or to be moved, slightly because of the wind
    The white curtains stirred gently in the summer breeze.
    As he walked, a puff of wind stirred his hair.

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