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verb steam pronunciation in British English /stiːm/
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present tense
I/you/we/theysteam
he/she/itsteams
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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