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Definition of "deviate" [de•vi•ate]

  • 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)

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.

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."