bestir

verb
be·​stir | \ bi-ˈstər How to pronounce bestir (audio) , bē- \
bestirred; bestirring; bestirs

Definition of bestir

transitive verb

: to rouse to action : get going

Examples of bestir in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The New York Times finally bestirred itself to report on Reade’s charges, burying them on page A20 of its Easter Sunday edition. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 16 Apr. 2020 If the charges against Bob Kraft are proven to be true, then Goodell should bestir himself to punish the Patriots owner severely, and with something beyond a fine. Charles P. Pierce, Sports Illustrated, "Robert Kraft, Roger Goodell and the NFL’s Discipline Double Standard," 16 Mar. 2019 Drew Nolan caused his coach, Harry Litwack, to bestir himself from the bench. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "Temple's Drew Nolan, the Owl without an off-switch | Frank's Place," 8 June 2018 Nobody in all his years of coaching at Temple has bestirred Litwack from the bench so often as Drew Nolan. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "Temple's Drew Nolan, the Owl without an off-switch | Frank's Place," 8 June 2018 And yet most of us have still not bestirred ourselves to care, much less to march in the streets demanding change. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: FERC is up and running again. That means Trump gets more of the pipelines he wants.," 19 Sep. 2017 And yet most of us have still not bestirred ourselves to care, much less to march in the streets demanding change. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: FERC is up and running again. That means Trump gets more of the pipelines he wants.," 19 Sep. 2017 And yet most of us have still not bestirred ourselves to care, much less to march in the streets demanding change. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: FERC is up and running again. That means Trump gets more of the pipelines he wants.," 19 Sep. 2017 And yet most of us have still not bestirred ourselves to care, much less to march in the streets demanding change. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: FERC is up and running again. That means Trump gets more of the pipelines he wants.," 19 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of bestir

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Bestir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bestir. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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bestir

verb
be·​stir | \ bi-ˈstər How to pronounce bestir (audio) \
bestirred; bestirring

Kids Definition of bestir

: to stir up : rouse to action Fairies came trooping forth … to busy and bestir themselves.— Charles Dickens, The Cricket on the Hearth

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