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ˈdi viˌeɪt; -ɪtde·vi·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pervert, deviant, deviate, degenerateadjective

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

  2. aberrant, deviant, deviateverb

    markedly different from an accepted norm

    "aberrant behavior"; "deviant ideas"

  3. deviate, divertverb

    turn aside; turn away from

  4. deviate, vary, diverge, departverb

    be at variance with; be out of line with

  5. deviateverb

    cause to turn away from a previous or expected course

    "The river was deviated to prevent flooding"


  1. deviateadjective

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

  2. deviatenoun

    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. deviatenoun

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

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

  2. deviatenoun

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

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

  3. deviateverb

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

    He's deviating from the course. Follow him!

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

  4. deviateverb

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

    His exhibition of nude paintings deviated from local censorship norms.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deviateverb

    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. Deviateverb

    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

Examples of deviate in a Sentence

  1. Kimara Martinez:

    We use establish protocol put forth by the American Animal Hospital Association, so when we have to deviate from those [guidelines] I don’t want to have to second guess the drug’s effects.

  2. Hassan Rouhani:

    The Americans do not know our region. That's the problem. Those who are advising the Americans are unfortunately rulers who deviate America with unsound advice or buy some influence in the US with their money.

  3. Tom Aikens:

    There are so many variations of mac and cheese you can have -- mustard or no mustard, different toppings you can put on. But I don't like to deviate too far from the original because once you start adding too much, you take away the plainness of a mac and cheese in white sauce, i like to keep it as simple and true as possible.

  4. Kim Catechis:

    A stabilization of oil production would inject confidence in the company's prospects, as would the announcement of any new oil field discovery, if the company continues to demonstrate a willingness to trim its debt and the government doesn't deviate from its plan.

  5. Etsuro Honda:

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

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    formal separation from an alliance or federation
    • A. scholastic
    • B. impurity
    • C. elan
    • D. secession

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