• WordNet 3.6
    • v bestir become active "He finally bestirred himself"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Bestir To put into brisk or vigorous action; to move with life and vigor; -- usually with the reciprocal pronoun. "You have so bestirred your valor.""Rouse and bestir themselves ere well awake."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bestir To put into brisk or vigorous action; reflexively, move with life and vigor: as, bestir yourself.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Bestir be-stėr′ to put into lively action: arouse into activity:
    • v.t Bestir be-stėr′ (refl.) to rouse one's self—p.adj. Bestir′ring.
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In literature:

Not to stand beside him as the Cricket did, but to busy and bestir themselves.
"The Cricket on the Hearth" by Charles Dickens
Now is the time for every body to bestir themselves, and that all resort here to their master.
"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745." by Mrs. Thomson
For at Ulubrae it is certain that an enormous mass of frogs have bestirred themselves to do me honour.
"The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
Come, Alice, girl, bestir thyself.
"The Armourer's Prentices" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Lilac was on the run from morning till night, and even Bella and Agnetta were obliged to bestir themselves a little.
"White Lilac; or the Queen of the May" by Amy Walton
They now, however, began to bestir themselves.
"On the Irrawaddy" by G. A. Henty
Nevertheless he felt obliged to go out, to bestir himself.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Poyor arose to his feet like one refreshed, and Jake bestirred himself sufficiently to propose that he relieve Neal or Teddy a short while.
"The Search for the Silver City" by James Otis
Bestir yourself; get the cobwebs out of your head; brush off the brain ash.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Well, they will have to bestir themselves, and catch the thief.
"The Black Tor" by George Manville Fenn

In poetry:

Through the air bestirred
Pulse of winging bird,
Through the air bestirred
Laugh of hidden stream.
"Spring Awoke To-Day" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
He uttered not a single word,
But showed his nail'd print hand;
He saw my heart was so bestir'd,
He said "You understand."
"The Simple Reason. III John, 1:4" by Frank Barbour Coffin
"Come doun, Zacchay; bestir yersel;
This nicht I want a lodgin."
Like a ripe aipple 'maist he fell,
Nor needit ony nudgin.
"Godly Ballants" by George MacDonald
And for that lonely traveller
Empoisoned those sweet springs,
To souls that languish, founts of life
Bestirred by angel wings.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Acephalous Time to febrous Lengths bestirred
Strips the lush Blossom and outstrips the Bird,
Makes sweet the Wine - I cannot say the Same
Of Women or of Songs that I have heard.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin