What does steer mean?

Definitions for steer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tip, lead, steer, confidential information, wind, hintnoun

    an indication of potential opportunity

    "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"

  2. bullock, steerverb

    castrated bull

  3. steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, direct, point, head, guide, channelize, channeliseverb

    direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

  4. steerverb

    direct (oneself) somewhere

    "Steer clear of him"

  5. guide, steerverb

    be a guiding or motivating force or drive

    "The teacher steered the gifted students towards the more challenging courses"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STEERnoun

    A young bullock.

    Etymology: styre, steor, stiore , Saxon; stier, Dutch.

    They think themselves half exempted from law and obedience; and having once tasted freedom, do, like a steer that hath been long out of his yoke, grudge and repine ever after to come under rule again. Edmund Spenser, Ireland.

    Lacaon, Neptune’s priest,
    With solemn pomp then sacrific’d a steer. Dryden.

    Nor has the steer,
    At whose strong chest the deadly tiger hangs,
    E’er plow’d for him. James Thomson.

  2. To Steerverb

    To direct; to guide in a passage.

    Etymology: steoran, styran , Sax. stieren, Dutch.

    A comely palmer, clad in black attire,
    Of ripest years, and hairs all hoary gray,
    That with a staff his feeble steps did steer,
    Left his long way his aged limbs should tire. Fairy Queen.

    If a pilot cannot see the pole star it can be no fault in him to steer his course by such stars as do best appear to him. Charles I .

  3. To Steerverb

    To direct a course.

    As when a ship by skilful steersman wrought,
    Nigh river’s mouth, or foreland, where the wind
    Veers oft, as oft so steers, and shifts her sail. John Milton.

    In a creature, whose thoughts are more than the sands, and wider than the ocean, fancy and passion must needs run him into strange courses, if reason, which is his only star and compass be not that he steers by: John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Steeradjective

    a young male of the ox kind; especially, a common ox; a castrated taurine male from two to four years old. See the Note under Ox

  2. Steerverb

    to castrate; -- said of male calves

  3. Steernoun

    to direct the course of; to guide; to govern; -- applied especially to a vessel in the water

  4. Steerverb

    to direct a vessel in its course; to direct one's course

  5. Steerverb

    to be directed and governed; to take a direction, or course; to obey the helm; as, the boat steers easily

  6. Steerverb

    to conduct one's self; to take or pursue a course of action

  7. Steerverb

    a rudder or helm

  8. Steernoun

    a helmsman, a pilot

  9. Etymology: [OE. steeren, steren, AS. stiran, stran, steran; akin to OFries. stiora, stiura, D. sturen, OD. stieren, G. steuern, OHG. stiuren to direct, support, G. steuer contribution, tax, Icel. stra to steer, govern, Sw. styra, Dan. styre, Goth. stiurjan to establish, AS. ster a rudder, a helm, and probably to Icel. staurr a pale, stake, Gr. stayro`s, and perhaps ultimately to E. stand. 168. Cf. Starboard, Stern, n.]


  1. Steer

    "Steer" is the first single from Missy Higgins' second album On a Clear Night. The song was released in Australia on 14 April 2007 and became #1 most added track in that same week. The CD single achieved the #1 spot on the Australian Singles Chart in the first week of its CD release. It is Higgins' second #1 single, her first being her debut single "Scar" from her first album The Sound of White. Higgins stated that the song was "about steers" and that she wrote it after overlooking the entire Southern Celestial Sphere from a bay in Western Australia. The song has a clean, upbeat feel with vocals that ascend into many high-pitched lyrics. It has instrument backings of acoustic guitar and drums. The song is available to listen to at the website of Sydney newspaper The Daily Telegraph. In March 2007, Higgins gave fans the exclusive opportunity to pre-order a personally signed copy of her single 'Steer' via SMS.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Steer

    stēr, n. a young ox, esp. a castrated one from two to four years old.—n. Steer′ling, a little or young steer. [A.S. steór; Ger. stier.]

  2. Steer

    stēr, v.t. to direct with the helm: to guide: to govern.—v.i. to direct a ship in its course: to be directed: to move.—ns. Steer′age, act or practice of steering: the effect of a rudder on the ship: an apartment in the fore-part of a ship for passengers paying a lower rate of fare; Steer′age-way, sufficient movement of a vessel to enable it to be controlled by the helm; Steer′er, Steers′man, a man who steers a ship; Steer′ing; Steer′ing-wheel, the wheel by which the rudder of a ship is turned. [A.S. steóran, stýran, to steer; Ger. steuern.]

  3. Steer

    stēr, n. a Scotch form of stir.

Editors Contribution

  1. steer

    Direct a course of travel.

    The driver did steer the car easily on the road.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

  2. steer

    To control the direction and route of a vehicle, vessel, bicycle, aircraft or other form of transport

    We love to drive and steer the car.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 23, 2020  

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'steer' in Verbs Frequency: #1028

Anagrams for steer »

  1. stere

  2. reset

  3. terse

  4. stree

  5. reest

  6. estre

  7. ester

  8. tsere

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of steer in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of steer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of steer in a Sentence

  1. Chief Executive Reinhard Ploss:

    The market environment remains challenging, cyclical pressures are persisting, and we continue to steer our course through what feels like the bottom of an ordinary semi downcycle.

  2. Dr. Seuss:

    You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

  3. Erik Pevernagie:

    To assure good timing we need right decisions, patience and persistence. Good timing needs willpower to steer clear of confusion, disorder and … discontent. We need not blame ourselves for possible "bad" timing later on. ( "Wrong time. Wrong place." )

  4. Bernd Osterloh:

    I think a company of this size cannot steer everything from Wolfsburg, our approach is: centralize as much as necessary and decentralize as much as possible.

  5. Bruce Smith:

    Watch out for any event that is taking over 20 percent of your money, some are even charging 30 percent or more these days. I would just steer clear of those.

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Translations for steer

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  • ثور, قادArabic
  • guiar, capar, dirigir, castrar, manejar, durCatalan, Valencian
  • řídit, vůlCzech
  • styre, studDanish
  • Mastochse, Ochse, steuernGerman
  • stiriEsperanto
  • mantener, buey, llevar, manejarSpanish
  • juhtima, karjatamaEstonian
  • härkä, vinkki, johdatella, ajaa, ohjata, ohjailla, johdattaa, paimentaaFinnish
  • boeuf, dirigerFrench
  • boi, capar, castrarGalician
  • נוהג ב-, מנהל (שיחה), מנחה, נוהג, מובילHebrew
  • रास्ते पर लानाHindi
  • kormányoz, irányít, [[fiatal]] [[ökör]], terel, vezetHungarian
  • վարելArmenian
  • guidare, dirigere, condurre, manzo, dirigersi, governare, manovrareItalian
  • 運転する, 操舵する, 率いる, 導く, 操縦する, 舵を取る, 去勢雄牛, 助言Japanese
  • მართვა, გარეკვა, მირეკავს, მართავს, გამართვა, მოზვერი, რჩევაGeorgian
  • 수송아지Korean
  • iuvencus, gubernōLatin
  • rūnā, whakatere, urungi, ōkiha, tia, ueMāori
  • жолоодохMongolian
  • os, besturenDutch
  • sterowaćPolish
  • direcionar, guiar, boi, conduzir, levar a, orientarPortuguese
  • bouRomanian
  • управлять, веcти́, веcти́ (разговор, беседу), править, руль, водить, паcти́, бычок-кастратRussian
  • upravljati, kormilariti, navoditi, usmjeravati, gonitiSerbo-Croatian
  • styra, leda, stutSwedish
  • ถือพวงมาลัยThai
  • yönetmekTurkish
  • چلانےUrdu
  • chỉ đạoVietnamese
  • 转向Chinese

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    a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
    • A. humility
    • B. purse
    • C. bias
    • D. slip

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