to stir up; rouse to action (often used reflexively):
She bestirred herself at the first light of morning.
Courage, hope, enterprise to bestir themselves, where will they come from?
The Red Cross in Peace and War Clara Barton
Get up, husband, and bestir yourself, for we must be king of all the land.
Folk-lore and Legends: German Anonymous
bestir yourself, Prince Astrach, it is time for you to set out on your travels.
The Russian Garland Various
When April came, my Sitaris-larv began, as usual, to bestir themselves.
The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles Jean Henri Fabre
Various religious and philanthropic bodies began to bestir themselves.
Dialstone Lane, Complete W.W. Jacobs
Only when the flames of his fire grew less did he bestir himself.
The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
But as the French are now moving, it will be well to bestir ourselves, to find out what they are at.
The Actress in High Life Sue Petigru Bowen
In order to bestir himself, Pierre began to examine the two rooms.
The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Emile Zola
At this news the adventurous youths all over the country began to bestir themselves.
Myths and Legends of All Nations Various
Our friends must bestir themselves once more, perhaps we may yet turn the scale.
The Fall of British Tyranny John Leacock
verb -stirs, -stirring, -stirred
(transitive) to cause (oneself, or, rarely, another person) to become active; rouse
Old English bestyrian “to heap up,” from be- + stir. Related: Bestirred; bestirring.
to present as a gift; give; confer (usually followed by on or upon): The trophy was bestowed upon the winner. to put to some use; apply: Time spent in study is time well bestowed. Archaic. to provide quarters for; house; lodge. to put; stow; deposit; store. Contemporary Examples Do you think I have charity to […]
to strew or cover (a surface). to strew or scatter about. to lie scattered over. Historical Examples Without any signs of dizziness or staggering, he walked between the boulders which bestrew the path. The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey Brush over with butter and bestrew with sugar, cinnamon, and currants. The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book […]
to get or be astride of; have or place the legs on both sides of. to step over or across with long strides. to stand or tower over; dominate. Historical Examples In the midst a dark and lazy current, which a tall man might bestride, crept twisting like a snake among the weeds and rushes. […]