bestir

verb
be·stir | \ bi-ˈstər , bē- \
bestirred; bestirring; bestirs

Definition of bestir 

transitive verb

: to rouse to action : get going

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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 And yet most of us have still not bestirred ourselves to care, much less to march in the streets demanding change. Justin Gillis, New York Times, "The Real Unknown of Climate Change: Our Behavior," 18 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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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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bestir

verb
be·stir | \ bi-ˈstər \
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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