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

    We steered the boat into the harbour.

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

      He took her arm to steer her towards the door.

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

    I try to steer my children towards healthier foods.

    steer something away from/towards/through something:

    He steered the country through a transitional period to elections.

    steer the conversation:

    Ruth attempted to steer the conversation well away from work.

    steer someone to victory (=help someone win):

    The single goal was enough to steer the club to victory.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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