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Definition of steam verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they steam
    he / she / it steams
    past simple steamed
    -ing form steaming
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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 vegetables Topic CollocationsCookingpreparing prepare a dish/a meal/a menu/dinner/the fish weigh out 4oz of sugar/the ingredients wash/rinse the lettuce/spinach 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/rind/peel 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/the broiler bring to 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 dissolve the sugar in water brown the meat for 8-10 minutes drain the pasta/the water from the pot/in a colander/in a strainer mash the potatoes/banana/avocadoways of cooking cook food/fish/meat/rice/pasta/a Mexican dish bake (a loaf of) bread/a cake/a pie/potatoes/muffins/cookies/fish boil cabbage/potatoes/an egg/a hot dog/water fry/deep-fry/stir-fry the chicken/vegetables broil meat/steak/chicken/sausages roast potatoes/peppers/meat/chicken/beef sauté garlic/mushrooms/onions/potatoes/vegetables steam rice/vegetables/spinach/asparagus/dumplings toast bread/nuts microwave food/popcorn/a frozen dinner/a TV dinnerserving serve in a glass/on a bed of rice/with potatoes arrange the slices on a plate/in layers carve the meat/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
  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 toward him. (figurative) The company is steaming ahead with its investment program.
  5. Idioms
    be/get (all) steamed up (about/over something) (also be steamed (about something)) (informal)
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    to be/become very angry or excited about something You're getting all steamed up about nothing!
    Phrasal Verbssteam somethingopensteam up
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