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verb steer pronunciation in American English /stɪr/
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present tense
I/you/we/theysteer
he/she/itsteers
present participlesteering
past tensesteered
past participlesteered
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to control the direction in which a vehicle moves
    Jack steered while Ken gave directions.
    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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