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

 

steel

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//stiːl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//stiːl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they steel
BrE BrE//stiːl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//stiːl//
 
he / she / it steels
BrE BrE//stiːlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//stiːlz//
 
past simple steeled
BrE BrE//stiːld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//stiːld//
 
past participle steeled
BrE BrE//stiːld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//stiːld//
 
-ing form steeling
BrE BrE//ˈstiːlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstiːlɪŋ//
 
 
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to prepare yourself to deal with something unpleasant steel yourself (for/against something) As she waited, she steeled herself for disappointment. steel yourself to do something He steeled himself to tell them the truth. Word Origin Old English stȳle, stēli, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch staal, German Stahl, also to the noun stay sense (2). The verb dates from the late 16th cent.
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