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English verb: stir up

1. stir up (social) try to stir up public opinion


Synonymsagitate, foment


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)provoke, stimulate


Narrower (hyponym)rumpus

2. stir up (emotion) arouse or excite feelings and passions


SamplesThe ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor.
The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world.
Wake old feelings of hatred.


Synonymsfire up, heat, ignite, inflame, wake


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise


Narrower (hyponym)ferment

3. stir up (contact) change the arrangement or position of


Synonymsagitate, commove, disturb, raise up, shake up, vex


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)beat, poke, rile, roil, scramble, toss

4. stir up (communication) provoke or stir up


SamplesIncite a riot.
Set off great unrest among the people.


Synonymsincite, instigate, set off


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)provoke, stimulate


Narrower (hyponym)raise


Causeact, move









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