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Syllabification: be·stir
Pronunciation: /bəˈstər

Definition of bestir in English:

verb (bestirs, bestirring, bestirred)

(bestir oneself)
Make a physical or mental effort; exert or rouse oneself: they rarely bestir themselves except in the most pressing of circumstances
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  • And there are no signs of their bestirring themselves. - This is why a plea needs to be posted directly to the Chief Justice of India.
  • The reason the safety commission is suddenly bestirring itself is the federal government is moving to revise the Nuclear Liability Act.
  • Marching in a demonstration, by contrast, is among the most active forms of participation in political life. Demonstrators have bestirred themselves, put off other plans, braved the elements, flung themselves into action.
exert oneself, make an effort, rouse oneself, get going, get moving, get on with it
informal shake a leg, look lively, get cracking, get off one's backside

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