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
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.
As the investor Benjamin Graham wrote in 1951: "Poor management is often paid more than it deserves; but here, if the stockholders bestir themselves at all, they should devote their efforts to changing personnel rather than pay."
Shadows lurk near the entrances to alleys, but none bestir themselves to trouble us.
Strangely, they just keep pontificating and “being concerned” and never bother to bestir themselves to actually research theissue.
If there had been an assault, maybe they would bestir themselves.
Not to bestir the busybodies at the FTC, but the limitations Time Warner and Cablevision place on their cable apps amount to an agreement not to compete.
Did they bestir themselves on my trail, their dogs were too fat, and themselves too lean, to overtake me; also, I deemed their bestirring would be of an order for which I had made due preparation.
I prefer having a Democratic President, but I see no reason to bestir myself to fight for the guy, when he's so clearly disinclined to fight for the policies that I, and most of the people who voted for him, support.
All this would probably have been beside the point, though, if he had made an offer rich enough to bestir Potash ' s institutional shareholders and its fundamentally American management to be enthused about selling the company.