stem from

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of stem from

: to be caused by (something or someone) : to come from (something or someone)
  • Most of her health problems stem from an accident she had when she was younger.
  • His love of the outdoors stems from his father.

Word by Word Definitions

stem play
  1. : the main trunk of a plant

  2. : a plant part (such as a branch, petiole, or stipe) that supports another (such as a leaf or fruit)

  3. : the complete fruiting stalk of a banana plant with its bananas

  1. : to make headway against (something, such as an adverse tide, current, or wind)

  2. : to check or go counter to (something adverse)

  1. : to remove the stem from

  2. : to make a stem for (something, such as an artificial flower)

  3. : to occur or develop as a consequence : have or trace an origin

  1. : to stop or dam up (something, such as a river)

  2. : to stop or check by or as if by damming

  3. : to turn (a ski) in stemming

  1. : check, dam

  2. : an act or instance of stemming on skis


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