- 1 [transitive, intransitive] steer (something/somebody) (+ adv./prep.) to control the direction in which a boat, car, etc. moves He steered the boat into the harbour. (figurative) He took her arm and steered her towards the door. You row and I'll steer. See related entries: Driving, Boating, Travelling by boat or ship
- 2 [transitive, intransitive] steer (something) (+ adv./prep.) (of a boat, car, etc.) to move in a particular direction The ship steered a course between the islands. The ship steered into port.
- 3[transitive] steer something + adv./prep. to take control of a situation and influence the way in which it develops He managed to steer the conversation away from his divorce. She steered the team to victory. The skill is in steering a middle course between the two extremes. Schools no longer steer girls towards arts subjects. Word Originverb Old English stīeran, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch sturen and German steuern.Extra examples He told the pilot to steer due north. Johnson managed to steer the plane away from the town and crash-land in a nearby field. Pilots need to learn to steer on the ground as well as in the air. The boat was being steered by an elderly man. The canoe steered north for two thousand miles. The captain steered the boat into the narrow harbour. The car steered off the cliff. The ship steered into the harbour.Idioms to avoid a person or thing because it may cause problems Steer clear of the centre of town at this time of the evening.
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BrE BrE//stɪə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//stɪr//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they steer
BrE BrE//stɪə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//stɪr//he / she / it steers
BrE BrE//stɪəz//; NAmE NAmE//stɪrz//past simple steered
BrE BrE//stɪəd//; NAmE NAmE//stɪrd//past participle steered
BrE BrE//stɪəd//; NAmE NAmE//stɪrd//-ing form steering
BrE BrE//ˈstɪərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɪrɪŋ//Driving, Boating, Travelling by boat or ship