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(Intransitive) To deviate from its original path.
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  1. (Intransitive) To 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.
To turn aside, especially to depart temporarily from the main subject in writing or speaking; stray.
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  1. To turn aside, especially to depart temporarily from the main subject in writing or speaking; stray.
To wander from any line prescribed, or from a rule or duty; to depart from what is established by law, duty, custom, or the like; to deviate.
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  1. To wander from any line prescribed, or from a rule or duty; to depart from what is established by law, duty, custom, or the like; to deviate.
  2. To turn aside or deviate to avoid impact.
  3. To turn aside or cause to turn aside sharply or suddenly from a straight line, course, etc.
To throw or fling, esp. sideways with a jerk
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  1. To throw or fling, esp. sideways with a jerk
  2. To move suddenly as when startled; jump; start; recoil
  3. To react negatively; be or become cautious or unwilling; draw back
To undergo change in any way; become different
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  1. To undergo change in any way; become different
  2. To have a range of different qualities or amounts:
  3. To deviate from a standard or expectation:
To turn the attention from one subject to another with little clarity or coherence of thought:
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  1. To turn the attention from one subject to another with little clarity or coherence of thought:
  2. To move idly from one object to another
  3. To move or go about aimlessly, without plan or fixed destination; ramble; roam
To act contrary to moral or proper behavior, especially in being sexually unfaithful:
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  1. To act contrary to moral or proper behavior, especially in being sexually unfaithful:
  2. To move away from a group, deviate from a course, or escape from established limits:
  3. To become diverted, as from a subject or train of thought:
(Intransitive) To change direction or course suddenly; to swerve
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  1. (Intransitive) To change direction or course suddenly; to swerve
  2. To deviate from a purpose, behavior, or previous pattern:
  3. (Nautical) To change the course of a ship by turning the stern to the wind while advancing to windward; wear ship.
To wander or drift about.
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  1. To wander or drift about.
  2. To wander about
  3. To stray from the subject; digress
To deviate from the established moral code; do wrong
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  1. To deviate from the established moral code; do wrong
  2. (Obs.) To go astray; wander
  3. To be wrong or mistaken; fall into error
To depart from a given viewpoint, practice, etc.; differ
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  1. To depart from a given viewpoint, practice, etc.; differ
  2. To take on gradually a different form or become a different kind
  3. To cause (light rays, for example) to diverge; deflect.
(Intransitive with on) To reduce the amount of (something).
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  1. (Intransitive with on) To reduce the amount of (something).
  2. (Intransitive with on) To reduce consumption.
  3. (Intransitive with on) To reduce spending.
Alternative form of march to the beat of a different drum.
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  1. Alternative form of march to the beat of a different drum.
To set out; start
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  1. To set out; start
  2. To vary, as from a regular course; deviate:
  3. To go away; leave:
To turn aside; esp., to depart temporarily from the main subject in talking or writing
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  1. To turn aside; esp., to depart temporarily from the main subject in talking or writing
To depart from a given viewpoint, practice, etc.; differ
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  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
To become diverted, as from a subject or train of thought:
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  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)
To go out of a straight line; to deflect.
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  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.
(Nautical) To change the course of a ship by turning the stern to the wind while advancing to windward; wear ship.
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  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
To be wrong or mistaken; fall into error
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  1. To be wrong or mistaken; fall into error
  2. (Obs.) To go astray; wander
  3. (Archaic) To stray.
To turn aside; esp., to depart temporarily from the main subject in talking or writing
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  1. To turn aside; esp., to depart temporarily from the main subject in talking or writing
To ramble; digress.
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  1. To ramble; digress.
  2. To wander or drift about.
  3. To wander about
To cause (light rays, for example) to diverge; deflect.
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  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
To roam about; esp., to walk or stroll about idly, without any special goal
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  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
To become diverted, as from a subject or train of thought:
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  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:
To drift away from a subject, as in discussion; stray or roam in thought
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  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
To keep from happening; ward off; prevent
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  1. To keep from happening; ward off; prevent
  2. To turn away:
  3. To turn away
To make (something) deviate from its original path.
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  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.
To turn (a person or thing) aside from a course, direction, etc. into another; deflect
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  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.
To provide with, attach by, or mount on a pivot or pivots
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  1. To provide with, attach by, or mount on a pivot or pivots
  2. To cause to rotate, revolve, or turn:
  3. To turn on a pivot.
To change gears, as when driving an automobile.
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  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.
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
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  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
To reverse one's or its course; start to move, go, etc. in the opposite direction
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  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:
To change direction; shift; turn or swing around
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  1. To change direction; shift; turn or swing around
  2. To turn or swing; change the course of
  3. To turn
A thing, phenomenon, or trend that deviates from an expectation or pattern.
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  1. A thing, phenomenon, or trend that deviates from an expectation or pattern.
  2. A person who deviates, especially from norms of social behavior.
  3. A person whose behavior is deviant
One who practices sexual perversion.
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  1. One who practices sexual perversion.
  2. A perverted person; esp., a person who practices sexual perversion

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
Find another word for deviate. In this page you can discover 67 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for deviate, like: deflect, digress, swerve, shy, vary, wander, stray, turn aside, veer, bear off and go out of control.