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[veer] /vɪər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to change direction or turn about or aside; shift, turn, or change from one course, position, inclination, etc., to another:
The speaker kept veering from his main topic. The car veered off the road.
2.
  1. to change direction clockwise (opposed to back).
  2. Nautical. to shift to a direction more nearly astern (opposed to haul).
verb (used with object)
3.
to alter the direction or course of; turn.
4.
Nautical. to turn (a vessel) away from the wind; wear.
noun
5.
a change of direction, position, course, etc.:
a sudden veer in a different direction.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Middle French virer to turn
Related forms
veeringly, adverb
Synonyms
1. deviate, swerve, diverge.

veer2

[veer] /vɪər/
verb (used with object), Nautical
1.
to slacken or let out:
to veer chain.
Origin
1425-75; late Middle English vere < Middle Dutch vieren to let out
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Examples from the web for veered
  • Over the past decades, federal education policy has veered between the incredibly intrusive to the appallingly supine.
  • The little orb veered to the right, slammed into the trunk of a red maple, and ricocheted into a clump of woods.
  • Instead they veered randomly left and right, repeatedly crossing their own paths.
  • But my thoughts quickly veered from the teams' talents to the places from which they hail.
  • Many of the excerpts veered from yawn-inducing to silly.
  • Now both, coaxed by their monetary authorities, have veered closer to the dollar.
  • Now we're off really the science of it and we've veered into policy.
  • At first, they concluded that the rockets veered off target.
  • Gram said the conversation veered broadly and included discussion of whether society had the right to take a life.
  • But our debate has veered away from the script of two proponents for two different countries burnishing green credentials.
British Dictionary definitions for veered

veer1

/vɪə/
verb
1.
to alter direction (of); swing around
2.
(intransitive) to change from one position, opinion, etc, to another
3.
(intransitive)
  1. (of the wind) to change direction clockwise in the northern hemisphere and anticlockwise in the southern
  2. (nautical) to blow from a direction nearer the stern Compare haul (sense 5)
4.
(nautical) to steer (a vessel) off the wind
noun
5.
a change of course or direction
Word Origin
C16: from Old French virer, probably of Celtic origin; compare Welsh gwyro to diverge

veer2

/vɪə/
verb
1.
(transitive; often foll by out or away) (nautical) to slacken or pay out (cable or chain)
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch vieren, from Old High German fieren to give direction
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Word Origin and History for veered

veer

v.

1580s, "to change direction" (originally with reference to the wind), from Middle French virer "to turn," of uncertain origin, perhaps from the Latin stem vir- in viriae (plural) "bracelets;" or perhaps from a Vulgar Latin contraction of Latin vibrare "to shake." Related: veered, veering.

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