Definition of bestir in English:



  • Make a physical or mental effort; exert or rouse oneself.

    ‘they rarely bestir themselves except in the most pressing of circumstances’
    • ‘We took him away, and cleaned him - the removal of vast amounts of dirt did quite a lot, and when the Godmother asked us to come by today, I finally bestirred myself to get out the acrylics, and poodlefake.’
    • ‘I might even bestir myself to buy an actual paper copy of the Indy to see.’
    • ‘The Seven Sleepers had to wake up and bestir themselves.’
    • ‘It seemed as if the giant insurance behemoth had bestirred itself to face competition in a liberalised environment.’
    • ‘In this blank zone, they sit at their desks and stare off into space and gradually bestir themselves to write jacket copy or arrive at publishing or editorial decisions that make sense at the time, many things make sense in the blank zone.’
    • ‘The really sad part is the average US citizen is not paying attention, as long as they have their cars and their munchies they they see no further need to bestir themselves.’
    • ‘On the other hand, there are the simple-minded folk, who neither suspect the origin of future troubles nor bestir themselves to deal with the cause of their woes.’
    • ‘And there are no signs of their bestirring themselves. - This is why a plea needs to be posted directly to the Chief Justice of India.’
    • ‘To give them justice, they did indeed bestir themselves by late afternoon enough to try, but I was out.’
    • ‘He never bestirred himself to even housebreak his dogs.’
    • ‘Much to the satisfaction of their spectators and neutrals alike, the locals bestirred themselves in the remaining section of the half.’
    • ‘Marching in a demonstration, by contrast, is among the most active forms of participation in political life. Demonstrators have bestirred themselves, put off other plans, braved the elements, flung themselves into action.’
    • ‘The reason the safety commission is suddenly bestirring itself is the federal government is moving to revise the Nuclear Liability Act.’
    • ‘We therefore call for both police and operators to bestir themselves and stop the rot between them.’
    • ‘We might be disinclined to ‘bestir ourselves to purge/the unholy’
    • ‘We do have the capacity to rise up as a body politic and let our voices be heard and rescue ourselves from our five years caricature of democracy, but we do not often bestir ourselves to do so.’
    • ‘Auto workers should ask themselves: when in recent memory has the UAW bestirred itself to defend a victimized worker?’
    • ‘They might have discovered, if they had bestirred themselves, that New York doesn't have to be Moscow-on-the-Hudson but could become a normal two-party town like most of America.’
    • ‘We don't have to bestir ourselves to do anything to help.’
    • ‘I heard she actually bestirred herself sufficiently to smile twice on the occasion, but I missed the broadcast personally so I still don't believe it.’
    exert oneself, make an effort, rouse oneself, get going, get moving, get on with it
    shake a leg, look lively, get cracking, get weaving, get one's finger out, get off one's backside, get the show on the road
    stir one's stumps
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