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Synonyms and Antonyms of swerve

  1. 1 to depart abruptly from a straight line or course <the car swerved sharply to avoid the squirrel in the road> Synonyms break, cut, sheer, veer, yaw, zag, zig Related Words skew, slew (also slue); arc, arch, bend, bow, crook, curve, hook, round, sweep, wheel; about-face, pivot; circle, coil, curl, loop, spiral; turn, twist, wind; weave, zigzag; deviate, stray, wander, waver Antonyms straighten

  2. 2 to turn away from a straight line or course <the bike path gently swerves to the right> Synonyms arc, arch, bend, bow, crook, fall off, hook, round, sweep, curve, trend, wheelRelated Words circle, coil, curlicue, curl, loop, spiral; turn, twist, wind; deviate, veerAntonyms straighten

  3. 3 to cause to turn away from a straight line <a dog dashed out in front of me and made me swerve my bike into the path of an oncoming car> Synonyms arch, bow, crook, curve, hook, bendRelated Words arc, round; incurvate, incurve, inflect, reflect; deflect, divert; entwine, kink, swirl, turn, twine, twist, veer, warp; coil, curl, enroll (also enrol), loop, spiral; dent, dimple; meander, wave, weave, wind; decline, incline, slopeAntonyms straighten, unbend, uncurl

  4. 4 to change one's course or direction <the hurricane had been following the coastline before it swerved and headed inland> Synonyms detour, deviate, diverge, sheer, turn, swing, turn off, veer, wheelRelated Words tack, zigzag; double (back), turn back

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