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Language: Old English
Origin: stieran

steer

1 verb
     
steer1
1

car/boat etc

[intransitive and transitive] to control the direction a vehicle is going, for example by turning a wheel:
He was steering with only one hand.
steer for/towards etc
Steer toward the left.
2

change somebody/something

[transitive] to guide someone's behaviour or the way a situation develops
steer somebody towards/away from/through etc something
Teachers try to steer pupils away from drugs.
Helen tried to steer the conversation away from herself.
3

be in charge of

[transitive always + adverb/preposition] to be in charge of an organization, team etc and make decisions that help it to be successful, especially during a difficult time
steer something through/to etc something
McKinney steered the company through the recession.
4

guide somebody to a place

[transitive] to guide someone to a place, especially while touching them
steer somebody towards/to etc something
Joel steered Don and Louise towards the backyard.
5

steer clear (of somebody/something)

informal to avoid someone or something unpleasant or difficult:
Jo tried to steer clear of political issues.
6

steer a course

to choose a particular way of doing something:
Managers were allowed to steer their own course.
The government chose to steer a middle course between the two strategies (=chose a strategy that was not extreme).

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