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Dictionary Definition

steer

Noun

1 an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job" [syn: tip, lead, confidential information, wind, hint]
2 castrated bull [syn: bullock]

Verb

1 direct the course; determine the direction of travelling [syn: maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, direct, point, head, guide, channelize, channelise]
2 direct (oneself) somewhere; "Steer clear of him"
3 be a guiding force, as with directions or advice; "The teacher steered the gifted students towards the more challenging courses" [syn: guide]

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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Old English stēor

Noun

  1. The castrated male of cattle, especially one raised for beef production.
Synonyms
Hypernyms
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Translations
castrated male of cattle

Etymology 2

Old English stieran

Noun

steer
  1. A suggestion about a course of action.
    I tried to give you the steer, but I guess I didn't get it over. Everybody knew it but you. (Mark Hellinger, 1939, The Roaring Twenties)
Translations
informal: suggestion about course of action
  • Finnish: vinkki
  • Japanese: 助言

Verb

  1. To guide the course of a vessel, vehicle, aircraft etc. (by means of a device such as a rudder, paddle, or steering-wheel).
    When planning the boat trip we had completely forgotten that we needed somebody to steer.
  2. To guide the course of a vessel, vehicle, aircraft etc. (by means of a device such as a rudder, paddle, or steering-wheel).
    I find it very difficult to steer a skateboard.
  3. To direct a group of animals.
  4. To maneuver or manipulate a person or group into a place or course of action.
    Hume believes that principles of association steer the imagination of artists.
  5. To direct a conversation.
Translations
intransitive: to guide the course of
  • Arabic: (qāda)
  • Croatian: upravljati, usmjeravati
  • Czech: řídit
  • Danish: styre
  • Finnish: ohjata, ajaa
  • German: steuern
  • Hungarian: kormányoz, irányít, vezet
  • Japanese: 操縦する; 舵を取る, 操舵する; qualifier vehicle 運転する
  • Russian: управлять (upravlját’)
transitive: to guide the course of
  • Arabic: (qāda)
  • Croatian: upravljati, usmjeravati
  • Czech: řídit
  • Danish: styre
  • Dutch: besturen
  • Finnish: ohjata, ajaa
  • German: steuern
  • Hungarian: kormányoz, irányít
  • Italian: guidare, dirigere
  • Japanese: 操縦する; 舵を取る, 操舵する; qualifier vehicle 運転する
  • Russian: править рулём (právit’ ruljóm), управлять (upravlját’), водить (vodít’)
  • Turkish: yönetmek
to direct a group of animals
  • Danish: styre
  • Finnish: ajaa, paimentaa (to herd)
  • Hungarian: terel
  • Japanese: 率いる, 導く
  • Spanish: llevar
to maneuver or manipulate a person or group into a place or course of action
to direct the conversation
  • Danish: styre
  • Finnish: ohjata, ohjailla
  • Hungarian: terel, kormányoz, irányít
  • Japanese: 導く
  • Portuguese: direcionar
  • Spanish: manejar

Extensive Definition

Steer has multiple meanings:
steer in Czech: Vůl
steer in German: Ochse
steer in French: Bœuf (homonymie)
steer in Dutch: Os (rundvee)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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