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Definition of steam verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    steam

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//stiːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stiːm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they steam
    BrE BrE//stiːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stiːm//
     
    he / she / it steams
    BrE BrE//stiːmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stiːmz//
     
    past simple steamed
    BrE BrE//stiːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stiːmd//
     
    past participle steamed
    BrE BrE//stiːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stiːmd//
     
    -ing form steaming
    BrE BrE//ˈstiːmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstiːmɪŋ//
     
    Ways of cooking
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to send out steam Our damp clothes steamed in the heat. a mug of steaming hot coffee
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] steam (something) to place food over boiling water so that it cooks in the steam; to be cooked in this way steamed fish CollocationsCookingPreparing prepare a dish/​a meal/​a menu/​dinner/​the fish weigh out 100g/4oz of sugar/​the ingredients wash/​rinse the lettuce/​spinach/​watercress chop/​slice/​dice the carrots/​onions/​potatoes peel the carrots/​onion/​potatoes/​garlic/​orange grate a carrot/​the cheese/​some nutmeg remove/​discard the bones/​seeds/​skin blend/​combine/​mix (together) the flour and water/​all the ingredients beat/​whisk the cream/​eggs/​egg whites knead/​shape/​roll (out) the doughCooking heat the oil in a frying pan preheat/​heat the oven/(British English) the grill/(North American English) the broiler bring to (British English) the boil/(North American English) a boil stir constantly/​gently with a wooden spoon reduce the heat simmer gently for 20 minutes/​until reduced by half melt the butter/​chocolate/​cheese/​sugar brown the meat for 8–20 minutes drain the pasta/​the water from the pot/​in a colander mash the potatoes/​banana/​avocadoWays of cooking cook food/​fish/​meat/​rice/​pasta/​a Persian dish bake (a loaf of) bread/​a cake/(especially North American English) cookies/(British English) biscuits/​a pie/​potatoes/​fish/​scones/​muffins boil cabbage/​potatoes/​an egg/​water fry/​deep-fry/​stir-fry the chicken/​vegetables grill meat/​steak/​chicken/​sausages/​a hot dog roast potatoes/​peppers/​meat/​chicken/​lamb sauté garlic/​mushrooms/​onions/​potatoes/​vegetables steam rice/​vegetables/​spinach/​asparagus/​dumplings toast bread/​nuts microwave food/​popcorn/(British English) a ready mealServing serve in a glass/​on a bed of rice/​with potatoes arrange the slices on a plate/​in a layer carve the meat/​lamb/​chicken/​turkey dress/​toss a salad dress with/​drizzle with olive oil/​vinaigrette top with a slice of lemon/​a scoop of ice cream/​whipped cream/​syrup garnish with a sprig of parsley/​fresh basil leaves/​lemon wedges/​a slice of lime/​a twist of orange sprinkle with salt/​sugar/​herbs/​parsley/​freshly ground black pepper See related entries: Ways of cooking
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. (of a boat, ship, etc.) to move using the power produced by steam The boat steamed across the lake.
  4. 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. (especially of a person) to go somewhere very quickly He spotted her steaming down the corridor towards him. (figurative) The company is steaming ahead with its investment programme.
  5. Word OriginOld English stēam ‘vapour’, stēman ‘emit a scent, be exhaled’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stoom ‘steam’.Idioms
    be/get (all) steamed up (about/over something) (North American English also be steamed (about something))
     
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    (informal) to be/become very angry or excited about something You’re getting all steamed up about nothing! See related entries: Excitement, Anger
    Phrasal Verbssteam somethingoffsteam somethingopensteam up
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