stir up

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stir up (third-person singular simple present stirs up, present participle stirring up, simple past and past participle stirred up)

  1. (transitive) arouse or excite passion or action.
    What one man can do himself directly is but little. If however he can stir up ten others to take up the task he has accomplished much - Wilbur Wright
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Episode 16
      All those wretched quarrels, in his humble opinion, stirring up bad blood, from some bump of combativeness or gland of some kind, erroneously supposed to be about a punctilio of honour and a flag,...
  2. (transitive) mix ingredients.
  3. (transitive) to move or disturb slightly, to make turbid.



  • stir up” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • "stir up" in the Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary (Beta Version), K Dictionaries limited, 2000-2006.
  • "stir up" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.