stir

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noun
1 action of stirring
ADJECTIVE
good (esp. BrE)
VERB + STIR
give sth

Give the mixture a good stir.

2 general excitement or shock
ADJECTIVE
big, considerable, great, real
media, political (both esp. AmE)
VERB + STIR
cause, create
PREPOSITION
stir about, stir over

There was quite a stir about the book.

stir among

The discovery caused something of a stir among physicists.

PHRASES
quite a stir, something of a stir (esp. BrE)
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verb
1 mix a liquid
ADVERB
thoroughly, well
carefully, gently
vigorously
gradually
all the time (BrE), constantly, continuously, frequently

Boil the mixture, stirring frequently.

Bring to the boil, stirring all the time.

occasionally
together
in

Gradually stir in the beaten egg.

PREPOSITION
into

Chop an onion and stir it into the sauce.

PHRASES
stir over a high, low, etc. heat

Stir over a medium heat for three minutes.

2 move
ADVERB
barely, hardly

The wind hardly stirred the surface of the water.

slightly
slowly
suddenly
restlessly

The students stirred restlessly in their seats.

sleepily
uneasily
PHRASES
stir in your sleep
3 make sb feel an emotion
ADVERB
deeply

It was not music to set hearts on fire or deeply stir the emotions.

up

Going back there stirred up a lot of memories for her.

Stir is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑breeze, ↑memory
Stir is used with these nouns as the object: ↑batter, ↑coffee, ↑conscience, ↑controversy, ↑cup, ↑debate, ↑emotion, ↑fire, ↑flour, ↑imagination, ↑ingredient, ↑memory, ↑mixture, ↑passion, ↑pasta, ↑pot, ↑resentment, ↑sauce, ↑tea

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