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steer

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[ steer ]
/ stɪər /
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verb (used with object)
to guide the course of (something in motion) by a rudder, helm, wheel, etc.: to steer a bicycle.
to follow or pursue (a particular course).
to direct the course of; guide: I can steer you to the best restaurant in town.
verb (used without object)
noun
Informal. a suggestion about a course of action; tip: He got a good steer about finding the right job.
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Idioms about steer

    steer clear of, to stay away from purposely; avoid: She steered clear of any deep emotional involvements.

Origin of steer

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First recorded before 900; Middle English steren, stere, stieren, Old English stēoran, stēran, stíoran, stýran, akin to stēor, stýr “steering, guidance”; cognate with German steuern, Old Norse stȳra, Gothic stiurjan

OTHER WORDS FROM steer

steer·a·ble, adjectivesteer·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·steer·a·ble, adjective

Other definitions for steer (2 of 3)

steer2
[ steer ]
/ stɪər /

noun, plural steers, (especially collectively) steer.
a male bovine that is castrated before sexual maturity, especially one raised for beef.

Origin of steer

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First recorded before 900; Middle English ster(e), Old English stēor “young bull or ox,” cognate with Dutch, German Stier, Old Norse stjōrr, Gothic stiur

Other definitions for steer (3 of 3)

steer3
[ steer ]
/ stɪər /

verb (used with or without object), noun British Dialect.
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British Dictionary definitions for steer (1 of 2)

steer1
/ (stɪə) /

verb
noun
mainly US information; guidance (esp in the phrase a bum steer)

Derived forms of steer

steerable, adjectivesteerer, noun

Word Origin for steer

Old English stieran; related to Old Frisian stiūra, Old Norse stӯra, German stevern; see starboard, stern ²

British Dictionary definitions for steer (2 of 2)

steer2
/ (stɪə) /

noun
a castrated male ox or bull; bullock

Word Origin for steer

Old English stēor; related to Old Norse stjōrr, Gothic stiur, Old High German stior, Middle Dutch stēr
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