deviate

[v. dee-vee-eyt; adj., n. dee-vee-it]
verb (used without object), deviated, deviating.
1.
to turn aside, as from a route, way, course, etc.
2.
to depart or swerve, as from a procedure, course of action, or acceptable norm.
3.
to digress, as from a line of thought or reasoning.
verb (used with object), deviated, deviating.
4.
to cause to swerve; turn aside.
adjective
5.
characterized by deviation or departure from an accepted norm or standard, as of behavior.
noun
6.
a person or thing that departs from the accepted norm or standard.
7.
a person whose sexual behavior departs from the norm in a way that is considered socially or morally unacceptable.
8.
Statistics. a variable equal to the difference between a variate and some fixed value, often the mean.

Origin:
1625–35; < Late Latin dēviātus turned from the straight road, past participle of dēviāre. See deviant, -ate1

deviable, adjective
deviability [dee-vee-uh-bil-i-tee] , noun
deviator, noun
nondeviating, adjective
undeviable, adjective
undeviated, adjective
undeviating, adjective
undeviatingly, adverb

deviant, deviate.


1. veer, wander, stray. Deviate, digress, diverge, swerve imply turning or going aside from a path. To deviate is to turn or wander, often by slight degrees, from what is considered the most direct or desirable approach to a given physical, intellectual, or moral end: Fear caused him to deviate from the truth. To digress is primarily to wander from the main theme or topic in writing or speaking: Some authors digress to relate entertaining episodes. Two paths diverge when they proceed from a common point in such directions that the distance between them increases: The sides of an angle diverge from a common point. Their interests gradually diverged. To swerve is to make a sudden or sharp turn from a line or course: The car swerved to avoid striking a pedestrian.
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deviate
 
vb
1.  (usually intr) to differ or diverge or cause to differ or diverge, as in belief or thought
2.  (usually intr) to turn aside or cause to turn aside; diverge or cause to diverge
3.  (intr) psychol to depart from an accepted standard or convention
 
n, —adj
4.  another word for deviant
 
[C17: from Late Latin dēviāre to turn aside from the direct road, from de- + via road]
 
'deviator
 
n
 
'deviatory
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

deviate
1630s, from L. deviat-, pp. stem of deviare "to turn out of the way" (see deviant). The noun meaning "sexual pervert" is attested from 1912.
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Example sentences
The spot is the one place in the universe where the temperature deviates
  drastically.
But once the badger is fixated on something, it seldom deviates from what it's
  trying to get.
It is a question of how far the face deviates from perfect mirror symmetry.
If the group deviates from equilibrium, the environment does the work of
  pushing it back.
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