I UK [stɜː(r)] / US [stɜr] verb
Word forms "stir":
present tense I/you/we/they stir he/she/it stirs present participle stirring past tense stirred past participle stirred
1) [intransitive/transitive] 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.

a) to mix a drink by moving it around with a spoon or a stick
b) to mix a substance such as paint by moving it around with an object such as a stick
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.

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.

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.

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

The white curtains stirred gently in the summer breeze.

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

Around 7.30 am, the children begin stirring sleepily.

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.

7) stir or stir it
[intransitive] British informal to say things deliberately in order to cause trouble between people

Stop stirring!

Phrasal verbs:
II UK [stɜː(r)] / US [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.

2) a slight feeling

She felt a stir of excitement.

3) the movement that 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.

English dictionary. 2014.

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