stir up

Definition of stir up

1 :to cause (someone) to feel a strong emotion and a desire to do something
  • The speech stirred up the crowd.
2 :to cause (something) to move up into and through the air or water
  • The workers stirred up a lot of dust.
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

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

  2. : to disturb the quiet of : agitate

  3. : 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

  2. : widespread notice and discussion : impression

  3. : a slight movement

  1. : prison

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

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

  2. : up into or in the

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

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. 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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