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veer

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of veer

  1. 1 to change one's course or direction <at this point the river veers to the southwest before finally emptying into the Atlantic Ocean> Synonyms detour, deviate, diverge, sheer, swerve, swing, turn off, turn, wheelRelated Words tack, zigzag; double (back), turn back

  2. 2 to change the course or direction of (something) <veered the ship abruptly to the right to avoid a collision> Synonyms deflect, divert, redirect, swing, turn, wheel, whipRelated Words avert, deviate, move, rechannel, shift, shunt, sidetrack, swerve, switch, transfer; swivel, twist, whirl, zigzag; bend, curve, sway; reverse, turn back

  3. 3 to depart abruptly from a straight line or course <without warning the car veered to the left and into an oncoming truck> Synonyms break, cut, sheer, swerve, yaw, zag, zigRelated 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, waverAntonyms straighten




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