steer 1 (stîr)
v. steered, steer·ing, steers
a. To guide (a vessel or vehicle), especially by means of a device such as a rudder, paddle, or wheel: steered the car around the curve.
b. To set and follow (a course): steered a path around the rocks.
1. To guide a vessel or vehicle.
2. To follow or move in a set course.
3. To admit of being steered or guided: a craft that steers easily.
A piece of advice: The salesman gave me a bum steer on that new car.
steer clear of
To stay away from; avoid.
[Middle English steren, from Old English stēran; see stā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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