What does deviate mean?

Definitions for deviateˈdi viˌeɪt; -ɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word deviate.

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Deviate

    dē′vi-āt, v.i. to go from the way: to turn aside from a certain course: to err.—v.t. to cause to diverge.—ns. Deviā′tion, a going out of the way: a turning aside; error; Dē′viator, one who deviates.—Deviation of the compass, departure of the mariner's compass from the magnetic needle, due to the ship's magnetism—either from the iron of which it is built or the iron which it carries. [L. deviāre, -ātumde, from, via, a way.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deviate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deviate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Michael Schmidt:

    It didn't really deviate our story much from where we were before.

  2. Etsuro Honda:

    It would not be good if (the yen) were to deviate from the fundamentals.

  3. Fatima Cody Stanford:

    I try to get patients to deviate as much as they can or consume it sparingly.

  4. Yogi Adityanath:

    The prime minister feels that we should not deviate from our agenda of economic reforms and development.

  5. Michael Schmidt:

    We made a minor change to the story shortly after it went online that said the investigation was in connection with her email use, it didn't really deviate our story much from where we were before.

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