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Another word for deviate

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Verb
  1. To turn away from a prescribed course of action or conduct

      1. To be wrong or mistaken; fall into error
      2. (Obs.) To go astray; wander
      3. (Archaic) To stray.
      1. (Nautical) To change the course of a ship by turning the stern to the wind while advancing to windward; wear ship.
      2. To turn
      3. To change sides; shift, as from one opinion or attitude to another
      1. To go out of a straight line; to deflect.
      2. To turn aside or cause to turn aside sharply or suddenly from a straight line, course, etc.
      3. To stray; to wander; to rove.
      1. To become diverted, as from a subject or train of thought:
      2. To be directed without apparent purpose; look in an idle or casual manner:
      3. To go wrong; be in error; deviate (from what is right)
      1. To depart from a given viewpoint, practice, etc.; differ
      2. To cause (light rays, for example) to diverge; deflect.
      3. To go or move in different directions from a common point or from each other; branch off
      1. To turn aside; esp., to depart temporarily from the main subject in talking or writing
      1. To set out; start
      2. To vary, as from a regular course; deviate:
      3. To go away; leave:
    See also:

    correct

    approach

  2. To turn aside, especially from the main subject in writing or speaking

      1. To drift away from a subject, as in discussion; stray or roam in thought
      2. To roam through, in, or over without plan or destination
      3. To move or go about aimlessly, without plan or fixed destination; ramble; roam
      1. To become diverted, as from a subject or train of thought:
      2. To go wrong; be in error; deviate (from what is right)
      3. To move away from a group, deviate from a course, or escape from established limits:
      1. To roam about; esp., to walk or stroll about idly, without any special goal
      2. To grow or spread in all directions, as a vine
      3. To roam through
      1. To cause (light rays, for example) to diverge; deflect.
      2. To depart from a given viewpoint, practice, etc.; differ
      3. To go or move in different directions from a common point or from each other; branch off
      1. To ramble; digress.
      2. To wander or drift about.
      3. To wander about
      1. To turn aside; esp., to depart temporarily from the main subject in talking or writing
  3. To change the direction or course of

      1. To change direction; shift; turn or swing around
      2. To turn or swing; change the course of
      3. To turn
      1. To reverse one's or its course; start to move, go, etc. in the opposite direction
      2. To change the position of so that the underside becomes the upper side:
      3. To divert or deflect:
      1. To cause (a hanging object) to sway backward and forward; specif., to cause (a person on a swing) to move backward and forward by pushing or pulling the swing
      2. To move or wave (a weapon, tool, bat, etc.) with a sweeping motion; flourish; brandish
      3. (--- Informal) To move, travel, or come (by, over to, around to, etc.) in a casual manner, as by automobile
      1. To change gears, as when driving an automobile.
      2. To move or transfer from one person, place, or position to another
      3. To get along by tricky or evasive means.
      1. To mount on, attach by, or provide with a pivot or pivots.
      2. To cause to rotate, revolve, or turn:
      3. To turn on or as if on a pivot
      1. To turn (a person or thing) aside from a course, direction, etc. into another; deflect
      2. To turn aside from a course or direction:
      3. To turn aside.
      1. To make (something) deviate from its original path.
      2. To turn or make go to one side
      3. To turn aside or cause to turn aside; bend or deviate.
      1. To keep from happening; ward off; prevent
      2. To turn away:
      3. To turn away
    See also:

    change

Noun
  1. One whose sexual behavior differs from the accepted norm

    See also:

    sex

    usual

Another word for deviate

Verb
  1. See also:

    differ

Synonym Study

  • Digress suggests a wandering, often deliberate and temporary, from the main topic in speaking or writing
  • Diverge suggests the branching of a single path or course into two courses leading away from each other stay to the left when the road diverges
  • Veer , originally used of wind and ships, suggests a turning or series of turnings so as to change direction
  • Swerve implies a sudden or sharp turning from a path, course, etc. the car swerved to avoid hitting us
  • Deviate suggests a turning aside, often to only a slight degree, from the correct or prescribed course, standard, doctrine, etc. to deviate from the truth