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

     

    stew

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//stjuː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stuː//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stew
    BrE BrE//stjuː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stuː//
     
    he / she / it stews
    BrE BrE//stjuːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stuːz//
     
    past simple stewed
    BrE BrE//stjuːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stuːd//
     
    past participle stewed
    BrE BrE//stjuːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stuːd//
     
    -ing form stewing
    BrE BrE//ˈstjuːɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstuːɪŋ//
     
    Ways of cooking
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] stew (something) to cook something slowly, or allow something to cook slowly, in liquid in a closed dish stewed apples The meat needs to stew for two hours. see also stewed See related entries: Ways of cooking
  2. 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to think or worry about something I've been stewing over the problem for a while. Leave him to stew.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘cauldron’): from Old French estuve (related to estuver ‘heat in steam’), probably based on Greek tuphos ‘smoke, steam’. The noun sense (mid 18th cent.) is directly from the verb (dating from late Middle English).Idioms
    let somebody stew in their own juice
     
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    (informal) to leave somebody to worry and suffer the unpleasant effects of their own actions
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