Meaning of STEER in English


I. steer 1 /stɪə $ stɪr/ BrE AmE verb

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: stieran ]

1 . CAR/BOAT ETC [intransitive and transitive] to control the direction a vehicle is going, for example by turning a wheel:

He was steering with only one hand.

steer for/towards etc

Steer towards the left.

2 . CHANGE SOMEBODY/SOMETHING [transitive] to guide someone’s behaviour or the way a situation develops

steer somebody towards/away from/through etc something

Teachers try to steer pupils away from drugs.

Helen tried to steer the conversation away from herself.

3 . BE IN CHARGE OF [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to be in charge of an organization, team etc and make decisions that help it to be successful, especially during a difficult time

steer something through/to etc something

McKinney steered the company through the recession.

4 . GUIDE SOMEBODY TO A PLACE [transitive] to guide someone to a place, especially while touching them

steer somebody towards/to etc something

Joel steered Don and Louise towards the backyard.

5 . steer clear (of somebody/something) informal to avoid someone or something unpleasant or difficult:

Jo tried to steer clear of political issues.

6 . steer a course to choose a particular way of doing something:

Managers were allowed to steer their own course.

The government chose to steer a middle course between the two strategies (=chose a strategy that was not extreme) .

II. steer 2 BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: steor ]

a young male cow whose sex organs have been removed ⇨ bullock , heifer

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