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Definition of steer verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they steer
    he / she / it steers
    past simple steered
    -ing form steering
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] steer (something /somebody) (+ adv./prep.) to control the direction in which a boat, car, etc. moves He steered the boat into the harbor. (figurative) He took her arm and steered her toward the door. You row and I'll steer.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] steer (something) (+ adv./prep.) (of a boat, car, etc.) to move in a particular direction The ship steered a course between the islands. The ship steered into port.
  3. 3[transitive] steer something + adv./prep. to take control of a situation and influence the way in which it develops He managed to steer the conversation away from his divorce. She steered the team to victory. The skill is in steering a middle course between the two extremes. Schools no longer steer girls away from science subjects.
  4. Idioms
    keep/stay/steer clear (of somebody/something)
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    to avoid a person or thing because it may cause problems Steer clear of the center of town at this time of the evening.
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