Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb stir_up

4 senses of stir up

Sense 1
agitate, foment, stir up -- (try to stir up public opinion)
       => provoke, stimulate -- (provide the needed stimulus for)

Sense 2
inflame, stir up, wake, ignite, heat, fire up -- (arouse or excite feelings and passions; "The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor"; "The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world"; "Wake old feelings of hatred")
       => arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provoke -- (call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy")

Sense 3
agitate, vex, disturb, commove, shake up, stir up, raise up -- (change the arrangement or position of)
       => move, displace -- (cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant")

Sense 4
incite, instigate, set off, stir up -- (provoke or stir up; "incite a riot"; "set off great unrest among the people")
       => provoke, stimulate -- (provide the needed stimulus for)

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