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verb steam pronunciation in American English /stim/
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present tense
present participlesteaming
past tensesteamed
past participlesteamed
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to produce steam
    Great pots of food were steaming on the stove.
  2. 2
    if someone steams, they feel very hot
    a record hot day when air conditioners groaned and customers steamed
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  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to cook food with steam
    Steam the vegetables for about ten minutes.
    steamed fish
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  4. 4
    [intransitive] to move using steam power
    The train steamed noisily out of the station.
    The luxury liner steamed into New York on Thursday.
  5. 5
    [intransitive] if a person steams somewhere, they move quickly in a particular direction
    McKiernan steamed ahead to win her third race in a row.
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