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to cover closely, so as to keep water either out or in: keep water out, νῆες οὐδὲν στέγουσαι not watertight, Thuc.:—so in Mid., στέγεσθαι ὄμβρους to keep off rain from oneself, Pind.; ναῦς οὐκ ἐστέξατο κῦμα Anth.
2.generally, to keep off, fend off weapons, etc., δόρυ στέγειν Aesch.; στ. τὰς πληγάς Ar.
3.later, to bear up against, endure, Polyb., NTest.:—absol. to contain oneself, hold out, NTest.
II.with acc. of the thing covered, to cover, shelter, protect, Soph., Xen. cover, conceal, keep hidden, Soph., Eur.:—Pass. to be kept secret, Thuc.; παρ᾽ ὑμῶν εὖ στεγοίμεθ᾽ let my counsel be kept secret by you, Soph. keep water in, hold water, keep in, Eur., Plat.
II.generally, to contain, hold, Soph., Eur.

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