To stir is to mix something up. You can literally stir cake batter with a spoon, or figuratively stir someone's emotions by writing them a heartfelt letter.

You can stir muffin batter with a wooden spoon, and stir in a cup of blueberries. When people stir, they start to move after being still or asleep: "It was only five o'clock, but he could hear the kids start to stir." And when something stirs you, it brings up some emotion: "That music always stirs up my sad memories." Stir shares a root with the Old Norse styrr, "tumult or disturbance."

Definitions of stir
  1. verb
    move an implement through
    stir the soup”
    stir my drink”
    stir the soil”
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    stir (cream) vigorously in order to make butter
    stir with a paddle
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  2. verb
    mix or add by stirring
    Stir nuts into the dough”
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    type of:
    move into or onto
  3. verb
    move very slightly
    synonyms: agitate, budge, shift
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  4. verb
    begin moving, "As the thunder started the sleeping children began to stir"
    synonyms: arouse
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  5. verb
    stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
    synonyms: excite, shake, shake up, stimulate
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    arouse, excite, sex, turn on, wind up
    stimulate sexually
    affright, fright, frighten, scare
    cause fear in
    thrill, tickle, vibrate
    feel sudden intense sensation or emotion
    invite, tempt
    give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting
    elate, intoxicate, lift up, pick up, uplift
    fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
    animate, enliven, exalt, inspire, invigorate
    heighten or intensify
    excite pleasurably or erotically
    frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is
    inspire awe in
    terrify, terrorise, terrorize
    fill with terror; frighten greatly
    make timid or fearful
    alarm, appal, appall, dismay, horrify
    fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised
    fill with anxiety, dread, dismay, or confusion
    try to seduce
    make blessedly happy
    make proud or conceited
    beatify, exalt, exhilarate, inebriate, thrill, tickle pink
    fill with sublime emotion
    inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
    frighten or scare, and often provoke into a violent action
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    arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, pique, provoke, raise
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  6. verb
    stir feelings in
    stir emotions”
    synonyms: excite, stimulate
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    cause (someone's) hair to stand on end and to have goosebumps
    provoke or excite
    cause to be thrilled by some perceptual input
    quicken, whet
    make keen or more acute
    disgust, gross out, repel, revolt
    fill with distaste
    nauseate, sicken, turn one's stomach
    upset and make nauseated
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    sensitise, sensitize
    cause to sense; make sensitive
  7. verb
    affect emotionally
    “A stirring movie”
    synonyms: touch
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    evoke an emotional response
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    affect, impress, move, strike
    have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
  8. noun
    a rapid active commotion
    synonyms: ado, bustle, flurry, fuss, hustle
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    commotion, din, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, tumult
    the act of making a noisy disturbance
  9. noun
    a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event
    synonyms: splash
  10. noun
    emotional agitation and excitement
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    keen and shared excitement
    a general feeling of excitement and heightened interest
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    the feeling of being agitated; not calm
  11. verb
    summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
    synonyms: arouse, bring up, call down, call forth, conjure, conjure up, evoke, invoke, put forward, raise
    call forth, evoke, kick up, provoke
    evoke or provoke to appear or occur
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    anathemise, anathemize, bedamn, beshrew, curse, damn, imprecate, maledict
    wish harm upon; invoke evil upon
    give a benediction to
    anele, anoint, embrocate, inunct, oil
    administer an oil or ointment to ; often in a religious ceremony of blessing
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
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