verb \ˈvir\

Definition of VEER

transitive verb
:  to let out (as a rope)

Origin of VEER

Middle English veren, of Low German or Dutch origin; akin to Middle Dutch vieren to slacken, Middle Low German vīren
First Known Use: 15th century



Definition of VEER

intransitive verb
:  to change direction or course <the economy veered sharply downward>
of the wind :  to shift in a clockwise direction — compare back
of a ship :  to change course by turning the stern to the wind
transitive verb
:  to direct to a different course; specifically :  wear 7
veer·ing·ly \-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Origin of VEER

Middle English veren, from Middle French virer, from Old French, to throw with a twisting motion, from Vulgar Latin *virare, alteration of Latin vibrare to wave, propel suddenly — more at vibrate
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of VEER

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>.



Definition of VEER

:  a change in course or direction <a veer to the right>

First Known Use of VEER

circa 1611
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verb \ˈvir\

Definition of VEER for Kids

:  to change direction


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