There are 3 definitions of stew in English:

stew1

Syllabification: stew
Pronunciation: /st(y)o͞o
 
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noun

1A dish of meat and vegetables cooked slowly in liquid in a closed dish or pan: lamb stew add to casseroles, stews, and sauces
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  • He lifted up the lid of the pot where lamb stew was simmering.
  • They cooked a thick stew for dinner and had mulled cider.
  • Meat stews are often cooked with fruits such as quince.
2 [in singular] informal A state of great anxiety or agitation: I suppose he’s all in a stew
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  • No wonder they're in a stew - we keep occupying their territory.
  • Consider all the people who sat home in a stew in 1968 rather than vote for Hubert Humphrey.
  • Hadn't they gotten in a stew with her over him in the first place because of that?
Synonyms
mood, flap, panic, fluster, fret, fuss, sweat, lather, tizzy, dither, twitter, state
literary pother
3 archaic A heated public room used for hot steam baths.
3.1A brothel.

verb

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1(With reference to meat, fruit, or other food) cook or be cooked slowly in liquid in a closed dish or pan: [with object]: a new way to stew rhubarb [no object]: let the tomato mixture stew for twenty minutes
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  • They can be used in spring salads; and their sweetness can be used to remove sourness from food, particularly fruit, so it is useful to add some when stewing rhubarb or gooseberries.
  • Braising, steaming, poaching, stewing, and microwaving meats minimize the production of these chemicals.
  • The chef swore that he did not add gourmet powder to the soup when we asked how he maintained such tasty flavors after stewing the dish on a fire for at least four hours.
Synonyms
1.1 [no object] informal Remain in a heated or stifling atmosphere: sweaty clothes left to stew in a plastic bag
Synonyms
swelter, be very hot, perspire, sweat
informal roast, bake, cook, be boiling
1.2 [no object] informal Worry about something, especially on one’s own: James will be expecting us, so we will let him stew a bit
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  • I packed and did laundry and stewed and fussed and worried until 1 a.m. but I think we're back on track.
  • M.L. told one of my favorite stories about herself, of the night when she, pregnant with her third child, stewed and fretted about the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • I have quite a bit more to say on this, but I'm gonna let you guys stew for a bit before I continue.
1.3 [no object] British (Of tea) become strong and bitter with prolonged brewing.
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  • The bar attendant lady hesitated not for one second and cheerfully confided that her brew had been stewing for three hours.
1.4 (be stewed in) literary Be steeped in or imbued with: politics there are stewed in sexual prejudice and privilege

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'cauldron'): from Old French estuve (related to estuver 'heat in steam'), probably based on Greek tuphos 'smoke, steam'. sense 1 of the noun (mid 18th century) is directly from the verb (dating from late Middle English).

Phrases

stew in one's own juice

informal Suffer anxiety or the unpleasant consequences of one’s own actions without the consoling intervention of others.
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  • Yet, it has to be admitted, on perusing the reports from around the world, that many governments feel little commitment to media freedom - if anything, the opposite - and are more than content to let journalists stew in their own juice.
  • So most people would be better off to save their money and leave the Leftist college teachers to stew in their own juice.
  • I'm even staying in Wil's room, but until you can get your mind out of the gutter and ask me for the whole story, you can just stew in your own juice.

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There are 3 definitions of stew in English:

stew2

Syllabification: stew
Pronunciation: /
 
st(y)o͞o/

noun

British
1A pond or large tank for keeping fish for eating.
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  • On one of my local stew ponds there is an attitude that if it's not into double figures it ain't worth catching.
  • A tonne of fish is transported from the stews into a system of concrete channels.
  • The quality of the fish is impressive, reared as they are in more sizeable areas than crude stew ponds.
1.1An artificial oyster bed.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French estui, from estoier 'confine'.

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stew3

Syllabification: stew
Pronunciation: /
 
st(y)o͞o/

noun

North American informal
An air steward or stewardess.
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  • But I'd be in favor of keeping the present policy of no weapon, period if the stews had access to non-lethal weapons and were trained in their use.
  • The stews might as well have announced this plane is equipped with fore and aft screaming children.

Origin

1970s: abbreviation.

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