1 action of stirring
VERB + STIR give sth Give the mixture a good stir.
2 general excitement or shock
ADJ. considerable, great, real
VERB + STIR cause, create
PREP. ~ about/over There was quite a stir about the book. | ~ among/amongst The discovery caused something of a stir among physicists.
PHRASES quite a/something of a stir
1 move a liquid round and round
ADV. thoroughly, well | carefully, gently | vigorously | gradually | all the time, constantly, continuously Bring to the boil, stirring all the time. | occasionally | in Gradually stir in the beaten egg.
PREP. into Chop an onion and stir it into the sauce.
ADV. barely, hardly The wind came in tiny puffs that hardly stirred the surface of the water. | slightly | suddenly | restlessly The students stirred restlessly in their seats. | sleepily | uneasily
PHRASES stir in your sleep
3 make sb feel an emotion
ADV. deeply, greatly 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.