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  1. (verb-transitive) To cook (food) by simmering or boiling slowly.
  2. (verb-intransitive) To undergo cooking by boiling slowly or simmering. See Synonyms at boil1.
  3. (verb-intransitive) Informal To suffer with oppressive heat or stuffy confinement; swelter.
  4. (verb-intransitive) Informal To be in a state of anxiety or agitation. See Synonyms at brood.
  5. (noun) A dish cooked by stewing, especially a mixture of meat or fish and vegetables with stock.
  6. (noun) A mixture likened to this dish.
  7. (noun) Informal Mental agitation: in a stew over the lost keys.
  8. (noun) Archaic A brothel. Often used in the plural.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. They stew them, colonel, actually stew beefsteaks! - Four Years in Rebel Capitals An Inside View of Life in the Southern Confederacy from Birth to Death
  2. Even so, the term stew doesn't adequately describe its texture, so thick yet not at all gelatinous. - Serious Eats
  3. This stew is the basic meal of the region, consumed as fiesta or daily fare. - The Meseta Purepecha
  4. You might not have thought so when you opened this entry, but really this stew is a nutrient-rich garden in a bowl! - Archive 2008-05-01
  5. You probably guessed it, but Istu is the Malalayam (the language of Kerala) version of the English word "stew"! - Archive 2007-03-01


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