There are 3 definitions of stew in English:

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noun

  • 1 [mass noun] A dish of meat and vegetables cooked slowly in liquid in a closed dish or pan: lamb stew [count noun]: 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.
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  • 3 archaic A heated public room used for steam baths.
  • 3.1A brothel: the stews of Southwark

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]: beef stewed in wine
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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
    braise, casserole, fricassee, simmer, boil; jug; South African smoor
    archaic seethe
  • 1.1 [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.
  • 2 [no object] informal Remain in a heated or stifling atmosphere: sweaty clothes left to stew in a plastic bag
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    swelter, be very hot, perspire, sweat
    informal roast, bake, be boiling
  • 2.1Worry 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.
    Synonyms
    worry, fret, agonize, be anxious, be nervous, be agitated, get in a panic, get worked up, get in a fluster, get overwrought
    informal get in a flap, get in a state, get in a tizz/tizzy, get in a tiz-woz, get in a sweat, get steamed up, get in a lather

Phrases

stew in one's own juice

informal Be left to suffer the consequences of one’s own actions.
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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.

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).

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There are 3 definitions of stew in English:

stew2

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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

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Pronunciation: /stjuː
 
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noun

North American informal
  • A flight attendant.
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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 of stewardess.

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