Definition of bestir
: to rouse to action : get going
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The 2009 Nobel peace laureate, President Obama, did not bestir himself for the 2010 peace laureate.
Slightly fewer than fifty-five per cent of all voting-age adults bestirred themselves to go to the polls.
Bohemia—shocked, thrilled, jealous—bestirred itself.
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: 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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