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English definition of “steer”

steer

verb [I/T] (DIRECT)   /stɪər/
to control the direction of a vehicle: [T] It’s not easy to steer the car through these narrow streets. [I] fig. The speech steered clear of (= avoided) controversial issues. If you steer someone, you cause the person to go in a particular direction: [T] She steered her guests into the dining room. If you steer an activity, you cause it to deal with a particular feature or topic: [T] I’d like to steer the discussion back to our original topic.
(Definition of steer verb (DIRECT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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