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Definition of stew verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stew
    he / she / it stews
    past simple stewed
    -ing form stewing
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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 apricots The meat needs to stew for two hours.
  2. 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to think or worry about something I've been stewing over the problem for a while. If you're feeling upset, try not to stew.
  3. Idioms
    let somebody stew (in their own juice) (informal)
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    to leave someone to worry and suffer the unpleasant effects of their own actions
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: stew