deviate
I. verb (-ated; -ating) Etymology: Late Latin deviatus, past participle of deviare, from Latin de- + via way — more at way Date: circa 1633 intransitive verb 1. to stray especially from a standard, principle, or topic 2. to depart from an established course or norm <
a flight forced by weather to deviate south
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transitive verb to cause to turn out of a previous course Synonyms: see swervedeviator noundeviatory adjective II. noun Date: 1912 1. one that deviates from a norm; especially a person who differs markedly from a group norm 2. a statistical variable that gives the deviation of another variable from a fixed value (as the mean) III. adjective Date: 1929 departing significantly from the behavioral norms of a particular society <
deviate behavior
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  • deviate — [dē′vē āt΄; ] for adj. & n. [, dē vēit] vi. deviated, deviating [< LL deviatus, pp. of deviare, to turn aside < de , from + via, road: see VIA] to turn aside (from a course, direction, standard, doctrine, etc.); diverge; digress vt. to… …   English World dictionary

  • Deviate — De vi*ate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Deviated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Deviating}.] [L. deviare to deviate; de + viare to go, travel, via way. See {Viaduct}.] To go out of the way; to turn aside from a course or a method; to stray or go astray; to err; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Deviate — De vi*ate, v. t. To cause to deviate. [R.] [1913 Webster] To deviate a needle. J. D. Forbes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deviate — de vi*ate (d[=e] v[ e]*[i^]t), a. having behavior differing from that which is normal or expected, especially in an undesirable or socially disapproved manner; as, deviate behavior. Syn: deviant. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deviate — de vi*ate (d[=e] v[ e]*[i^]t), n. a person having behavior differing from that which is normal or socially acceptable; used especially to characterize persons whose sexual behavior is considered morally unacceptable. Syn: deviant. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deviate — I verb aberrare, alter course, angle off, be at variance, be different, be distinguished from, be oblique, bear no resemblance, bear off, branch out, break bounds, break the pattern, change direction, clash, clash with, conflict with, contrast,… …   Law dictionary

  • deviate — (v.) 1630s, from L.L. deviatus, pp. of deviare to turn out of the way (see DEVIANT (Cf. deviant)). Related: Deviated; deviating. The noun meaning sexual pervert is attested from 1912 …   Etymology dictionary

  • deviate — digress, diverge, *swerve, veer, depart Analogous words: deflect, *turn, divert, avert, sheer: stray, *wander, rove …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • deviate — [v] stray from normal path aberrate, angle off, avert, bear off, bend, bend the rules*, break pattern, circumlocate, contrast, deflect, depart, depart from, differ, digress, divagate, diverge, drift, edge off*, err, get around, go amiss, go… …   New thesaurus

  • deviate — ► VERB ▪ diverge from an established course or from normal standards. ORIGIN Latin deviare turn out of the way , from via way …   English terms dictionary

  • deviate — v. 1) to deviate sharply 2) (D; intr.) to deviate from * * * [ diːvɪeɪt] (D; intr.) to deviate from to deviate sharply …   Combinatory dictionary

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