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Definition 1: provoke or stir up - [verb of communication]

Samples where stir up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • incite a riot
  • set off great unrest among the people

Synonyms for stir up in the sense of this definition

(stir up is a kind of ...) provide the needed stimulus for

(... is a kind of stir up ) activate or stir up

"raise a mutiny"

(stir up causes ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

Definition 2: change the arrangement or position of - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for stir up in the sense of this definition

(stir up is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(... is a kind of stir up ) stir vigorously

"beat the egg whites" "beat the cream"

(... is a kind of stir up ) agitate

"toss the salad"

(... is a kind of stir up ) make turbid by stirring up the sediments of

(... is a kind of stir up ) stir by poking

"poke the embers in the fireplace"

Definition 3: arouse or excite feelings and passions - [verb of emotion]

Samples where stir up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor
  • The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world
  • Wake old feelings of hatred

Synonyms for stir up in the sense of this definition

(stir up is a kind of ...) call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

"arouse pity" "raise a smile" "evoke sympathy"

(... is a kind of stir up ) work up into agitation or excitement

"This religion is fermenting Africa"

Synonyms for stir up in the sense of this definition

(stir up is a kind of ...) provide the needed stimulus for

(... is a kind of stir up ) cause a disturbance

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