stirs, stirring, stirred
1) VERB If you stir a liquid or other substance, you move it around or mix it in a container using something such as a spoon.

[V n] Stir the soup for a few seconds...

[V n into n] There was Mrs Bellingham, stirring sugar into her tea...

[V n with in] You don't add the peanut butter until after you've stirred in the honey.

2) VERB If you stir, you move slightly, for example because you are uncomfortable or beginning to wake up. [WRITTEN]

Eileen shook him, and he started to stir...

The two women lay on their backs, not stirring.

3) VERB: usu with brd-neg If you do not stir from a place, you do not move from it. [WRITTEN]

[V from n] She had not stirred from the house that evening...

[V from n] There's something you could study without stirring from this room.

4) V-ERG If something stirs or if the wind stirs it, it moves gently in the wind. [WRITTEN]

Palm trees stir in the soft Pacific breeze...

[V n] Not a breath of fresh air stirred the long white curtains.

5) VERB If you stir yourself, or if something stirs you into action, you move in order to start doing something.

[V pron-refl] Stir yourself! We've got a visitor...

[V pron-refl to-inf] You can't even stir yourself to have a drink with them...

[V n prep] The sight of them stirred him into action.

6) VERB If something stirs you, it makes you react with a strong emotion. [WRITTEN]

[V n] The voice, less coarse now, stirred her as it had then...

[V n] I was intrigued by him, stirred by his intellect.

move, affect
7) V-ERG If a particular memory, feeling, or mood stirs or is stirred in you, you begin to think about it or feel it. [WRITTEN]

[V in n] Then a memory stirs in you and you start feeling anxious...

[V n in n] Amy remembered the anger he had stirred in her...

Beneath my antipathy a powerful curiosity was stirring.

8) N-SING If an event causes a stir, it causes great excitement, shock, or anger among people.

His film has caused a stir in America.

9) See also stirring
10) PHRASE: usu v-link PHR If you say that someone has been shaken but not stirred by an experience, you mean that they have been slightly disturbed or emotionally affected by it, but not deeply enough to change their behaviour or way of thinking. [JOURNALISM, INFORMAL]

A clash with America over farm subsidies had left the Europeans and their common agricultural policy shaken but not stirred.

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