There are 2 translations of stir in Spanish:

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Pronunciation: /stɜːr; stɜː(r)/

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (-rr-)

  • 3 3.1 (arouse) [sympathies] despertar*; [imagination] estimular 3.2 (move, affect) conmover* her story stirred me deeply su historia me conmovió profundamente 3.3 (provoke, incite) to stir sb into action empujar or incitar a algn a la acción his words stirred the mob to fury sus palabras provocaron la furia de la multitud

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (-rr-)

  • 1 1.1 (change position) [person/animal] moverse*, agitarse; [branches/leaves/curtain] agitarse 1.2 (venture out) moverse*, salir* he won't stir from his bed no hay quien lo saque or quien lo haga salir de la cama 1.3 (be awake) estar* despierto; (be up) estar* levantado it was midday before anyone stirred nadie se levantó hasta el mediodía
  • 2 (awaken) [anger/interest/memory] despertarse*
  • 3 (cause trouble) (British English/inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar], armar lío [colloquial/familiar], meter cizaña


  • 1.1 countable/numerable (action) to give sth a stir revolver* or (Spain/España) remover* or (in Colombia also/en Colombia también) rebullir* or (in Mexico also/en México también) menear algo 1.2 uncountable/no numerable (movement) movimiento (masculine), agitación (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • It was then that Ardon felt an odd stir of movement beneath him.
    • My feet landed without the slightest stir of dust, or typical crunch of moving dirt and rocks.
    • There was a stir of motion from the corner of her room.
    1.3 uncountable/no numerable (excitement) revuelo (masculine), conmoción (feminine) to cause o create o make a stir causar revuelo her arrival caused a great stir su llegada causó or produjo un gran revuelo
    Example sentences
    • Probably neither name caused much stir from the leather armchairs in the New Club, where the city's grandees would once have counted the man in charge at North Bridge as one of their own.
    • What happens in Congo does not cause the slightest stir in the boardrooms of London and New York.
    • Yet, it seems that it is popular enough to have created a stir in the physics department.

Phrasal verbs

stir up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[mud/waters] revolver*, remover* (Spain/España) ; [memories] despertar*, traer* a la memoria; [hatred/unrest/revolt] provocar*; [opposition/discontent] promover*, suscitar don't stir up the past no revuelvas or (Spain/España) remuevas el pasado they're rather apathetic: they need stirring up son algo apáticos: hay que aguijonearlos or pincharlos un poco they stirred up the mob to violence incitaron a la muchedumbre a la violencia to stir up trouble armar lío [colloquial/familiar] she's stirring things up again ya está otra vez revolviendo las cosas or [colloquial/familiar] tratando de armar lío

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