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Definition of "bestir" [be•stir]

  • To cause to become active; rouse: finally bestirred himself to look for work. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bestir" in a sentence
  • "Whereupon Snettishane, with visions of his incalculable interest keeping him awake of nights, thought it time to bestir himself."
  • "We learned from the Urban League's Achievement Campaign that youngsters will respond if only the adults in the proverbial village bestir themselves to inspire and then recognize them."
  • "Shadows lurk near the entrances to alleys, but none bestir themselves to trouble us."