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
: 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
: a state of disturbance, agitation, or brisk activity
: widespread notice and discussion : impression
: a slight movement
: in or into a higher position or level
: away from the center of the earth
: from beneath the ground or water to the surface
: risen above the horizon
: being out of bed
: 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
: one in a high or advantageous position
: an upward slope
: a period or state of prosperity or success
: 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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