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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /bɪˈstɜː/
- (General American) IPA(key): /bɪˈstɝ/, /biˈstɝ/, /bɘˈstɝ/
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- (transitive) To put into brisk or vigorous action; to move with life and vigor.
- 1986, Watchman Nee, The Life that Wins, page 75:
- Notwithstanding all the various temptations to bad temper, pride, greediness, adultery and so forth, the enemy really has but one temptation, and that is, to bestir the saints.
- (reflexive) To make active; to rouse oneself.
- 1872, James De Mille, The Cryptogram, HTML edition, The Gutenberg Project, published 2009:
- The old man and his wife bestirred themselves to make every thing ready for the unexpected guests, ...
- 1912 January, Zane Grey, chapter 9, in Riders of the Purple Sage: A Novel, New York, N.Y.; London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, OCLC 6868219:
- When he had bestirred himself, […] it was clear daylight, though the sun had not tipped the yellow wall in the east.
- 2009, June Jordan, Some of Us Did Not Die:
- And so I hope we can bestir ourselves not to “Rally Around Caesar,” as the recent Economist recommends. I hope we will bestir ourselves to rally around an emergency/militant reconstruction of a secular democracy consecrated to the equality of each and every living one of us.
- 2010, Moshe Samsonowitz, Beyond What the Eye Perceives, page 42:
- Why is it so important to bestir oneself? Bestirring oneself means that one feels truly fortunate and excited to stand before one's Creator and that one longs for this moment.
- 2017 July 9, Garrett Epps, “The Generational Significance of the Travel Ban Cases”, in The Atlantic, ISSN 1072-7825:
- Could these well-paid civil servants bestir themselves not only to rescue the American republic from danger but to strengthen its democratic governance, refresh its ideals, and reclaim its sadly soiled national honor?
- 2020 June 20, Ross Douthat, “The Tempting of Neil Gorsuch”, in The New York Times:
- We may officially have three branches of government, but Americans seem to accept that it’s more like 2.25: A presidency that acts unilaterally whenever possible, a high court that checks the White House and settles culture wars, and a Congress that occasionally bestirs itself to pass a budget.
to put into brisk or vigorous action
to become active
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|Singular (eintal)||m (kallkyn)||f (kvennkyn)||n (hvørkikyn)|
|Plural (fleirtal)||m (kallkyn)||f (kvennkyn)||n (hvørkikyn)|
- “bestir” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (KBBI) Daring, Jakarta: Badan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa, Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia, 2016.