stew

stew
[[t]stju͟ː, AM stu͟ː[/t]]
stews, stewing, stewed
1) N-VAR A stew is a meal which you make by cooking meat and vegetables in liquid at a low temperature.

She served him a bowl of beef stew...

They made a stew.

2) VERB When you stew meat, vegetables, or fruit, you cook them slowly in liquid in a closed dish.

[V n] Stew the apple and blackberries to make a thick pulp.

[V-ed] ...stewed prunes.

3) PHRASE: PHR after v, v-link PHR If you are in a stew, you feel very worried. [INFORMAL]

He's been in a stew since early this morning...

Highly charged emotions have you in a stew.

4) PHRASE: V inflects If you let a person stew or if you leave them to stew, you deliberately allow them to worry about something for a while, rather than telling them something which would make them feel better.

I'd rather let him stew...

Leave them to stew in their own juice.


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  • Stew — Stew, n. [OE. stue, stuwe, OF. estuve. See {Stew}, v. t.] 1. A place of stewing or seething; a place where hot bathes are furnished; a hothouse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] As burning [AE]tna from his boiling stew Doth belch out flames. Spenser. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • stew — stew1 [sto͞o, styo͞o] vt. [ME stuen < MFr estuver, to stew, bathe < VL * extufare < L ex, out + Gr typhos, steam, smoke < IE * dheubh < base * dheu , blow, be turbid > DULL] to cook by simmering or boiling slowly for a long time …   English World dictionary

  • Stew — Stew, v. i. To be seethed or cooked in a slow, gentle manner, or in heat and moisture. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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