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verb [transitive]     stem pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participlestemming
past tensestemmed
past participlestemmed
  1. to stop something from spreading or increasing, especially something bad

    These policies have helped to stem population loss.

    stem the flow/tide/flood (of):

    Police are attempting to stem the rising tide of rural crime.

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a rise in the level of a stream or river

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