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  Dictionary Definition of stew

stew
verb (t)
1. to cook (food) by simmering or slow boiling.
-- verb (i)
2. to undergo cooking by simmering or slow boiling.
3. Colloquial to fret, worry, or fuss.
-- noun
4. a preparation of meat, fish or other food cooked by stewing.
5. Colloquial a state of uneasiness, agitation, or worry.
6. ( usually plural ) Archaic. a brothel.
7. a sporting event, especially racing or trotting, the outcome of which has been fixed beforehand.
8. any underhand trick.
-- phrase
9. stew in one's own juice, to suffer one's own misfortunes or the consequences of one's own actions without help.
[ME, from OF estuver, from VL extufare perspire, from tufus vapour, from Greek tphos ]