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verb stir pronunciation in British English /stɜː(r)/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theystir
he/she/itstirs
present participlestirring
past tensestirred
past participlestirred
  1. 2

    stir

    or

    stir up

    [transitive] to make someone feel upset or angry
    stir anger/hatred/fears:

    This murder has stirred a lot of ill feeling in the community.

    The latest economic figures have stirred fears of growing inflation.

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to move, or to be moved, slightly because of the wind

    The white curtains stirred gently in the summer breeze.

  4. 5
    [intransitive] to move slightly after being still for a long time

    Around 7.30 am, the children begin stirring sleepily.

  5. 6
    [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. 7

    stir

    or

    stir it

    [intransitive] British informal to say things deliberately in order to cause trouble between people

    Stop stirring!

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