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[with object]
1Guide or control the movement of (a vehicle, vessel, or aircraft), for example by turning a wheel or operating a rudder: he steered the boat slowly towards the busy quay [no object]: he let Lily steer
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  • The free swiveling nose wheel is steered by differential brakes, rudder and throttles and the aircraft is very maneuverable on the ground.
  • They probably incapacitated the flight crews, then took over the controls and steered the aircraft into their targets, the experts said.
  • The rudder is all what you have to steer the airplane.
guide, direct, manoeuvre;
navigate, pilot, drive, be in the driver's seat of, be at the wheel of;
Nautical  con, helm
1.1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] (Of a vehicle, vessel, or aircraft) be guided in a specified direction: the ship steered into port
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  • The driver steered into trees and bushes at the side of the road to try to slow the vehicle.
  • The charioteers were crack units of specially-trained frogmen who sat astride a 30 ft-long torpedo which they steered into enemy harbours.
  • After detecting objects using a front-mounted camera, the obstacle's presence is noted by the Linux-based computer, and the bike steers around it.
1.2 [with object and adverbial of direction] Follow (a course) in a specified direction: the fishermen were steering a direct course for Koepang
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  • Whether you are an IT manager or a consultant responsible for advising clients, this book is a must to assist you in steering a clear course through the open source sea.
  • Freely, an authority on Ottoman history, steers a clear course through these intricacies.
  • As should become clear, I steer a course between condemning Forster's nostalgia and embracing it.
1.3 [with object and adverbial of direction] Guide the movement or course of: he had steered her to a chair figurative he made an attempt to steer the conversation back to Heather
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  • I attempted to steer the conversation towards another course.
  • Dennis Bergkamp swings in a free-kick from the left, Gilberto flicks it goalwards and it fizzes narrowly wide. Patrick Vieira lunged in an attempt to steer the ball home, but to no avail.
  • After thirty minutes, she attempted to steer the conversation away from himself before she went insane.
guide, conduct, direct, lead, take, usher, escort, shepherd, marshal, herd


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1 [mass noun] The type of steering of a vehicle: some cars boast four-wheel steer
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  • With the 147, the two main buts are an uncouth ride, and, of course, the familiar scourge of powerful front wheel drive cars - torque steer.
  • The 306 offers 16-valves, a six-speed gearbox and passive rear-wheel steer.
  • The advantages of this are: less torque steer, better traction from a standing start and increased vehicle stability.
2 informal A piece of advice or information concerning the development of a situation: the need for the NHS to be given a clear steer as to its future direction
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  • The main concern will be the steer on how much energy the firm has managed to contract in advance to power suppliers.
  • He said: ‘The inspector's inquiry did not give us a clear steer, one way or the other.’
  • Despite the Home Office's denials, Mr Brown has previously suggested that the Guardian Group has ‘got a clear steer from somebody on the inside’.


steer clear of
Take care to avoid or keep away from: steer clear of fatty food
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  • He tries to avoid point accumulation and steers clear of stomping on his opponents, resetting after every botched attempt.
  • Bear in mind to take great care to steer clear of the cliffs when skirting the corrie - whichever option is chosen.
  • The report is analytical in the sense of identifying issues, but judicious in seeking balanced comment, and because it is careful to avoid judgments, it steers clear of provocation.
keep away from, keep one's distance from, keep at arm's length, give a wide berth to, avoid, avoid dealing with, have nothing to do with, shun, eschew;
sidestep, evade, dodge, skirt round, circumvent, fight shy of
informal duck
steer a middle course
see middle.


Example sentences
  • The engineers say that by combining three wheels in a mutually perpendicular arrangement, it should be possible to build a ball-shaped, steerable robot.
  • The distal end of the sheath is either precurved or is steerable so the electrode tip can be directed to the coronary target site in the left atrium.
  • A magneto-optical flying head utilizes a steerable mirror in combination with a light source and a lens to write and read data onto a magneto-optical storage disk.


Old English stīeran, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch sturen and German steuern.

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Another term for bullock.
Example sentences
  • Beef cattle sold included steers, heifers not kept for replacements, and market bulls and cows.
  • Organizers plan to slaughter fed cattle, Holstein steers and cows at the plant and produce specialty beef for Jewish and Muslim markets.
  • English has cattle, cows, bulls, bullocks, heifers, steers, oxen, and a few more [and spot who has never been good on where ox ends and oxen begin].


Old English stēor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stier and German Stier.

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