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veer

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verb \ˈvir\

Definition of veer

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to let out (as a rope)



Origin and Etymology 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


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veer

verb

Definition of veer

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to change direction or course <the economy veered sharply downward>

  3. 2 of the wind :  to shift in a clockwise direction — compare back

  4. 3 of a ship :  to change course by turning the stern to the wind

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to direct to a different course; specifically :  wear 7

veeringly

play \-iŋ-lē\ adverb


Origin and Etymology 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>.

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veer

noun

Definition of veer

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



Circa 1611

First Known Use of veer

circa 1611



VEER Defined for Kids

veer

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verb \ˈvir\

Definition of veer for Students

veered

veering

  1. :  to change direction




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