steer ( steers plural & 3rd person present) ( steering present participle) ( steered past tense & past participle )
1 verb When you steer a car, boat, or plane, you control it so that it goes in the direction that you want.
What is it like to steer a ship this size?... V n
When I was a kid, about six or seven, she would often let me steer the car along our driveway. V n prep
2 verb If you steer people towards a particular course of action or attitude, you try to lead them gently in that direction.
The new government is seen as one that will steer the country in the right direction... V n prep
3 verb If you steer someone in a particular direction, you guide them there.
Nick steered them into the nearest seats. V n prep
4 verb If you steer a particular course, you take a particular line of action.
Prime Minister Hun Sen has sought to steer a course between the two groups... V n prep
6 If you steer clearof someone or something, you deliberately avoid them.
steer clear of sb/sth phrase V inflects
I think a lot of people, women in particular, steer clear of these sensitive issues.
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