Definitions for deviateˈdi viˌeɪt; -ɪt

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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(a.)

    having behavior differing from that which is normal or expected, especially in an undesirable or socially disapproved manner; as, deviate behavior.

  2. deviate(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.


  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

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