Meaning of STEER in English



Function: verb

Etymology: Middle English steren, from Old English st ī eran; akin to Old English st ē or- steering oar, Greek stauros stake, cross, stylos pillar, Sanskrit sthavira, sth ū ra stout, thick

Date: 12th century

transitive verb

1 : to control the course of : DIRECT especially : to guide by mechanical means (as a rudder)

2 : to set and hold to (a course)

intransitive verb

1 : to direct the course (as of a ship or automobile)

2 : to pursue a course of action

3 : to be subject to steering <the car steer s well>

synonyms see GUIDE

– steer · able \ ' stir- ə -b ə l \ adjective

– steer · er noun

– steer clear : to keep entirely away ― often used with of <tries to steer clear of debt>

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.