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verb steer pronunciation in American English /stɪr/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesteering
past tensesteered
past participlesteered
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to control the direction in which a vehicle moves
    steer something away from/toward/into/through etc. something:

    We steered the boat into the marina.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to control the direction in which someone moves by putting your hand on them
      steer someone away from/toward/through etc. something:

      He took her arm to steer her toward the door.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to influence the way that something happens or the way that people behave
    steer the conversation:

    Ruth attempted to steer the conversation well away from work.

    steer something away from/toward/through something:

    He steered the country through a transitional period to elections.

    steer someone/something toward something:

    I try to steer my children toward healthier foods.

    steer someone to victory (=help someone win):

    The single goal was enough to steer his team to victory.


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