bestir
transitive verb Date: 14th century to rouse to action ; get going

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Bestir — Be*stir , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bestirred}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bestirring}.] To put into brisk or vigorous action; to move with life and vigor; usually with the reciprocal pronoun. [1913 Webster] You have so bestirred your valor. Shak. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bestir — ► VERB (bestirred, bestirring) (bestir oneself) ▪ exert or rouse oneself …   English terms dictionary

  • bestir — (v.) O.E. bestyrian to heap up, from BE (Cf. be ) + STIR (Cf. stir). Related: Bestirred; bestirring …   Etymology dictionary

  • bestir — [bē stʉr′, bistʉr′] vt. bestirred, bestirring [ME bistiren < OE bestyrian: see BE & STIR1] to stir to action; exert or busy (oneself) …   English World dictionary

  • bestir — v. (formal and rare) (H; refl.) we must bestir ourselves to get there on time * * * [bɪ stɜː] (formal and rare) (H; refl.) we must bestir ourselves to get there on time …   Combinatory dictionary

  • bestir — verb (bestirs, bestirring, bestirred) (bestir oneself) exert or rouse oneself …   English new terms dictionary

  • bestir — verb (T) bestir yourself formal to start to do things, after relaxing or being lazy …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • bestir — /bi sterr /, v.t., bestirred, bestirring. to stir up; rouse to action (often used reflexively): She bestirred herself at the first light of morning. [bef. 900; ME bistiren, OE bestyrian to heap up. See BE , STIR1] * * * …   Universalium

  • bestir — 1. verb /bɪˈstɜː/ a) To put into brisk or vigorous action; to move with life and vigor. b) To become active; to rouse oneself. 2. adjective /bɪˈstɜː/ …   Wiktionary

  • bestir — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. stir up, rouse, exert, exert oneself; see excite 1 , 2 , incite , try 1 …   English dictionary for students

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