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Definition 1: a rapid active commotion - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for stir in the sense of this definition

(stir is a kind of ...) the act of making a noisy disturbance

Definition 2: emotional agitation and excitement - [noun denoting feeling]

(stir is a kind of ...) the feeling of being agitated; not calm

(... is a kind of stir ) keen and shared excitement

"the stage crackled with electricity whenever she was on it"

(... is a kind of stir ) a general feeling of excitement and heightened interest

"anticipation produced in me a sensation somewhere between hope and fear"

Definition 3: a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event - [noun denoting state]

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

  • he made a great splash and then disappeared

Synonyms for stir in the sense of this definition

(stir is a kind of ...) a disorderly outburst or tumult

"they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"

Definition 4: mix or add by stirring - [verb of contact]

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

  • Stir nuts into the dough

(stir is a kind of ...) move into or onto

"work the raisins into the dough" "the student worked a few jokes into his presentation" "work the body onto the flatbed truck"

Definition 5: summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic - [verb of creation]

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

  • raise the specter of unemployment
  • he conjured wild birds in the air
  • call down the spirits from the mountain

Synonyms for stir in the sense of this definition

(stir is a kind of ...) cause to become available for use, either literally or figuratively

"clicking on the icon calls up the program" "the author's description of the banquet called up delicious aromas" "running into an old friend summoned up memories of her childhood"

(... is a kind of stir ) wish harm upon; invoke evil upon

"The bad witch cursed the child"

(... is a kind of stir ) give a benediction to

"The dying man blessed his son"

(stir has a similar meaning as ...) evoke or provoke to appear or occur

"Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple"

Definition 6: affect emotionally - [verb of emotion]

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

  • A stirring movie
  • I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy

Synonyms for stir in the sense of this definition

(stir is a kind of ...) have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

"This child impressed me as unusually mature" "This behavior struck me as odd" "he was dumb-struck by the news" "her comments struck a sour note"

(... is a kind of stir ) evoke an emotional response

"Brahms's `Requiem' gets me every time"

Definition 7: stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of - [verb of emotion]

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

  • These stories shook the community
  • the civil war shook the country

Synonyms for stir in the sense of this definition

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

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

(... is a kind of stir ) stimulate

"fuel the debate on creationism"

(... is a kind of stir ) stimulate sexually

"This movie usually arouses the male audience"

(... is a kind of stir ) cause fear in

"The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me" "Ghosts could never affright her"

(... is a kind of stir ) feel sudden intense sensation or emotion

"he was thrilled by the speed and the roar of the engine"

(... is a kind of stir ) give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting

"the window displays tempted the shoppers"

(... is a kind of stir ) fill with high spirits; fill with optimism

"Music can uplift your spirits"

(... is a kind of stir ) heighten or intensify

"These paintings exalt the imagination"

(... is a kind of stir ) excite pleasurably or erotically

"A titillating story appeared in the usually conservative magazine"

Definition 8: move very slightly - [verb of motion]

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

  • He shifted in his seat

Synonyms for stir in the sense of this definition

(stir is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

Definition 9: move an implement through - [verb of motion]

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

  • stir the soup
  • stir my drink
  • stir the soil

(stir 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 ) stir (cream) vigorously in order to make butter

(... is a kind of stir ) stir with a paddle

Definition 10: to begin moving - [verb of motion]

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

  • As the thunder started the sleeping children began to stir

Synonyms for stir in the sense of this definition

(stir is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

Definition 11: stir feelings in - [verb of perception]

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

  • stimulate my appetite
  • excite the audience
  • stir emotions

Synonyms for stir in the sense of this definition

(stir is a kind of ...) cause to sense; make sensitive

"She sensitized me with respect to gender differences in this traditional male-dominated society" "My tongue became sensitized to good wine"

(... is a kind of stir ) get sexual gratification through self-stimulation

(... is a kind of stir ) stimulate sexually

"The old man wanted to be masturbated by the prostitute"

(... is a kind of stir ) cause (someone's) hair to stand on end and to have goosebumps

"Hitchcock movies horripilate me"

(... is a kind of stir ) provoke or excite

"The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"

(... is a kind of stir ) provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation

(... is a kind of stir ) cause to be thrilled by some perceptual input

"The men were thrilled by a loud whistle blow"

(... is a kind of stir ) make keen or more acute

"whet my appetite"

(... is a kind of stir ) fill with distaste

"This spoilt food disgusts me"

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