stem - definition and synonyms

 
verb [transitive] 

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/stem/
present tense
I/you/we/theystem
he/she/itstems
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.

phrasal verbs