from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to become active; rouse: finally bestirred himself to look for work.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To put into brisk or vigorous action; to move with life and vigor.
- v. To become active; to rouse oneself.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To put into brisk or vigorous action; to move with life and vigor; -- usually with the reciprocal pronoun.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put into brisk or vigorous action; reflexively, move with life and vigor: as, bestir yourself.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become active
Middle English bistiren : probably bi-, be- + stiren, to rouse; see stir1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bestyrien, bestirien, from Old English bestyrian ("to heap up, pile up"), equivalent to be- + stir. (Wiktionary)