stir

stir1 [ stɜr ] verb **
▸ 1 mix liquid/food
▸ 2 make someone feel/think something
▸ 3 move slightly
▸ 4 move something burning around
▸ 5 say something to cause trouble
▸ 1 mix food/drink/substance
▸ + PHRASES
1. ) intransitive or transitive to mix a drink by moving it around with a spoon
a ) to mix a substance such as paint by moving it around with an object like a stick
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. ) 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.
a ) stir or stir up transitive to make someone feel enthusiastic about something:
stir hopes/excitement/interest: Approaching elections have stirred hopes of reform.
b ) stir or stir up transitive to make someone think about something:
Seeing George again stirred old memories in me.
c ) 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. ) intransitive MAINLY LITERARY to move slightly after being still for a long time:
Early that morning the children begin stirring sleepily.
a ) 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.
b ) intransitive or transitive to move or 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.
4. ) transitive to move the burning pieces in a fire around
5. ) stir or stir it intransitive BRITISH INFORMAL to say things deliberately in order to cause trouble between people
stir yourself
to make yourself move or do something:
He knew he should really stir himself and get to work.
,stir `in phrasal verb transitive
to add something to a liquid or substance and mix it:
Cook the mixture for 3 minutes, then stir in the flour.
`stir into phrasal verb transitive
1. ) stir something into something to mix something into a liquid or substance:
Crush the garlic, then stir it into the soup.
2. ) stir someone into something to force someone to do something by making them feel that they should do it:
Officials were stirred into action by public complaints.
,stir `up phrasal verb transitive
1. ) same as STIR1 2:
stir up hatred/anger: He was accused of stirring up racial hatred.
2. ) same as STIR1 2B:
The sight of the school stirred up a lot of memories.
3. ) same as STIR1 2A:
The scandal certainly stirred up interest in the business.
4. ) to make water or dust move around:
Winds over 35 knots have stirred up the waves.
=> HORNET
stir
stir 2 [ stɜr ] noun singular
1. ) a situation in which a lot of people feel interested or angry:
cause/create a stir: His speech caused quite a stir at the conference.
a ) a slight feeling:
She felt a stir of excitement.
2. ) the movement you make with a spoon or other object when you move food or a liquid around:
I just need to give the soup a stir.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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