verb \ˈswərv\

: to change direction suddenly especially to avoid hitting someone or something


Full Definition of SWERVE

intransitive verb
:  to turn aside abruptly from a straight line or course :  deviate
transitive verb
:  to cause to turn aside or deviate
swerve noun

Examples of SWERVE

  1. He lost control of the car and swerved toward a tree.
  2. <the car swerved sharply to avoid the squirrel in the road>

Origin of SWERVE

Middle English, from Old English sweorfan to wipe, file away; akin to Old High German swerban to wipe off, Welsh chwerfu to whirl
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of SWERVE

swerve, veer, deviate, depart, digress, diverge mean to turn aside from a straight course. swerve may suggest a physical, mental, or moral turning away from a given course, often with abruptness <swerved to avoid hitting the dog>. veer implies a major change in direction <at that point the path veers to the right>. deviate implies a turning from a customary or prescribed course <never deviated from her daily routine>. depart suggests a deviation from a traditional or conventional course or type <occasionally departs from his own guidelines>. digress applies to a departing from the subject of one's discourse <a professor prone to digress>. diverge may equal depart but usually suggests a branching of a main path into two or more leading in different directions <after school their paths diverged>.

Rhymes with SWERVE


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