Synonyms for (verb) stir up

Synonyms: set off, incite, instigate, stir up

Definition: provoke or stir up

Usage: incite a riot; set off great unrest among the people

Similar words: provoke, stimulate

Definition: provide the needed stimulus for


Synonyms: stir up, commove, agitate, disturb, vex, raise up, shake up

Definition: change the arrangement or position of

Similar words: displace, move

Definition: cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

Usage: Move those boxes into the corner, please; I'm moving my money to another bank; The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant


Synonyms: inflame, ignite, heat, stir up, wake, fire up

Definition: arouse or excite feelings and passions

Usage: 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

Similar words: kindle, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, arouse, raise, provoke

Definition: call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

Usage: arouse pity; raise a smile; evoke sympathy


Synonyms: agitate, foment, stir up

Definition: try to stir up public opinion

Similar words: provoke, stimulate

Definition: provide the needed stimulus for