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verb steam pronunciation in British English /stiːm/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesteaming
past tensesteamed
past participlesteamed
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to produce steam

    Great pots of food were steaming on the cooker.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to cook food with steam

    Steam the vegetables for about ten minutes.

    steamed fish

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  3. 3
    [intransitive] to move using steam power

    The train steamed out of the station noisily.

    The luxury liner steamed into New York on Thursday.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] if a person steams somewhere, they move quickly in a particular direction

    McKiernan steamed ahead to win her third successive race.

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