stir up

Definition of stir up

  1. 1 :  to cause (someone) to feel a strong emotion and a desire to do something The speech stirred up the crowd.

  2. 2 :  to cause (something) to move up into and through the air or water The workers stirred up a lot of dust.

  3. 3 :  to cause (something, usually something bad or unpleasant) to happen They're trying to stir up trouble. stirring up racial hatred His critical comments certainly stirred things up.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to cause an especially slight movement or change of position of

    :  to disturb the quiet of :  agitate

    :  to disturb the relative position of the particles or parts of especially by a continued circular movement

  1. :  a state of disturbance, agitation, or brisk activity

    :  widespread notice and discussion :  impression

    :  a slight movement

  1. :  prison

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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