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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

Etymologies

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)

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