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English noun: stir

1. stir (state) a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event

SamplesHe made a great splash and then disappeared.


Broader (hypernym)commotion, disruption, disturbance, flutter, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do

2. stir (feeling) emotional agitation and excitement

Broader (hypernym)agitation

Narrower (hyponym)electricity, sensation

3. stir (act) a rapid active commotion

Synonymsado, bustle, flurry, fuss, hustle

Broader (hypernym)commotion, din, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, tumult

English verb: stir

1. stir (motion) move an implement through

SamplesStir the soup.
Stir my drink.
Stir the soil.

ExamplesThe chefs stir the vegetables

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

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)churn, paddle

2. stir (motion) move very slightly

SamplesHe shifted in his seat.

ExamplesThe crowds stir in the streets, The streets stir with crowds

Synonymsagitate, budge, shift

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)move

3. stir (perception) stir feelings in

SamplesStimulate my appetite.
Excite the audience.
Stir emotions.

Synonymsexcite, stimulate

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

Broader (hypernym)sensitise, sensitize

Narrower (hyponym)blow, disgust, fellate, fuck off, go down on, gross out, horripilate, jack off, jerk off, masturbate, masturbate, quicken, repel, revolt, she-bop, suck, thrill, wank, whet, work

4. stir (emotion) stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

SamplesThese stories shook the community.
The civil war shook the country.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to stir Sue

Synonymsexcite, shake, shake up, stimulate

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

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

Narrower (hyponym)affright, animate, arouse, elate, enliven, exalt, excite, fright, frighten, fuel, inspire, intoxicate, invigorate, invite, lift up, pick up, scare, sex, tempt, thrill, tickle, titillate, turn on, uplift, vibrate, wind up

5. stir (emotion) affect emotionally

SamplesA stirring movie.
I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to stir Sue


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

Broader (hypernym)affect, impress, move, strike

Narrower (hyponym)get

6. stir (creation) summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic

SamplesRaise the specter of unemployment.
He conjured wild birds in the air.
Call down the spirits from the mountain.

Synonymsarouse, bring up, call down, call forth, conjure, conjure up, evoke, invoke, put forward, raise

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

Broader (hypernym)create, make

Narrower (hyponym)anathemise, anathemize, bedamn, beshrew, bless, curse, damn, imprecate, maledict

Verb groupcall forth, evoke, kick up, provoke

7. stir (motion) to begin moving,

SamplesAs the thunder started the sleeping children began to stir.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)move

8. stir (contact) mix or add by stirring

SamplesStir nuts into the dough.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)work

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