Definitions for deviateˈdi viˌeɪt; -ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•vi•ate*ˈdi viˌeɪt; -ɪt(v.; adj., n.; adj.; n.)-at•ed, -at•ing

  1. (v.i.)to turn aside, as from a route or course.

  2. to depart, as from an accepted procedure, standard, or course of action.

  3. to digress, as from a line of thought.

  4. (v.t.)to cause to swerve; turn aside.

  5. (adj.)characterized by deviation or departure from an accepted norm or standard, as of behavior.

  6. (n.)a person or thing that departs from the accepted norm or standard.

  7. a person whose sexual behavior departs from the norm in a socially or morally unacceptable way.

* Syn: deviate , digress , diverge imply turning or going aside from a path. To deviate is to stray from a usual or established standard, course of action, or route: Fear made him deviate from the truth. To digress is to wander from the main theme in speaking or writing: The speaker digressed to relate an amusing anecdote. To diverge is to differ or to move in different directions from a common point or course: Their interests gradually diverged.

Origin of deviate:

1625–35; < LL dēviātus, ptp. of dēviāre to turn into another road = L - de - +-viāre, der. of via road, way

de′vi•a•to`ry-əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i(adj.)de′vi•a`tive

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pervert, deviant, deviate, degenerate(adj)

    a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior

  2. aberrant, deviant, deviate(verb)

    markedly different from an accepted norm

    "aberrant behavior"; "deviant ideas"

  3. deviate, divert(verb)

    turn aside; turn away from

  4. deviate, vary, diverge, depart(verb)

    be at variance with; be out of line with

  5. deviate(verb)

    cause to turn away from a previous or expected course

    "The river was deviated to prevent flooding"


  1. deviate(Noun)

    A person with deviant behaviour; a deviant, degenerate or pervert.

  2. deviate(Noun)

    A value equal to the difference between a measured variable factor and a fixed or algorithmic reference value.

  3. deviate(Verb)

    To go off course from; to change course; to change plans.

    He's deviating from the course. Follow him!

  4. deviate(Verb)

    To fall outside of, or part from, some norm; to stray.

    His exhibition of nude paintings deviated from local censorship norms.

  5. Origin: Late deviatus, past participle of deviare, from the phrase de via.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deviate(verb)

    to go out of the way; to turn aside from a course or a method; to stray or go astray; to err; to digress; to diverge; to vary

  2. Deviate(verb)

    to cause to deviate

Anagrams of deviate

  1. evadite

Translations for deviate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to turn aside, especially from a right, normal or standard course

She will not deviate from her routine.

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