1. [ verb ] change the arrangement or position of
Synonyms: disturb raise_up shake_up commove vex agitate
Related terms: move stir beat poke roil
2. [ verb ] arouse or excite feelings and passions
Synonyms: ignite fire_up heat wake inflame

"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"

Related terms: arouse ferment heat
3. [ verb ] try to stir up public opinion
Synonyms: agitate foment
Related terms: provoke rumpus fomentation
4. [ verb ] provoke or stir up
Synonyms: instigate incite set_off

"incite a riot" "set off great unrest among the people"

Related terms: provoke raise incitation incitement instigator act
Similar spelling:   Stroup