Definition of "deviate" []

  • To turn aside from a course or way. (verb-intransitive)
  • To depart, as from a norm, purpose, or subject; stray. See Synonyms at swerve. (verb-intransitive)
  • To cause to turn aside or differ. (verb-transitive)
  • A deviant. (noun)
  • To differ or diverge or cause to differ or diverge, as in belief or thought (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To turn aside or cause to turn aside; diverge or cause to diverge (verb)
  • To depart from an accepted standard or convention (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "deviate" in a sentence
  • "He is perfectly capable of doing that himself, but let's not deviate from the topic of this thread to attack him. jerezano"
  • "Forgive me, America, if I deviate from the narrative so often prescribed for occasions such as this."
  • "Straight: Here we deviate from the standard number matching."