\ ˈswərv How to pronounce swerve (audio) \
swerved; swerving

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

Other Words from swerve

swerve noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for swerve



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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

Examples of swerve in a Sentence

He lost control of the car and swerved toward a tree. the car swerved sharply to avoid the squirrel in the road
Recent Examples on the Web Video of the crash shows the ODOT vehicle was parked on the side of the highway when the dump truck begins to swerve over and hits the ODOT vehicle from behind. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 12 May 2022 This kind of leeway is essential for high-concept series like Atlanta and Russian Doll, which swerve between reality and surrealism, propelled by heady ideas about identity, history, and time, and would be doomed by an imperative to churn. Judy Berman, Time, 15 Apr. 2022 This makes indubitable sense since that truck could suddenly swerve into the lane of the self-driving car. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 Pursuing police vehicles had to swerve to avoid hitting the bins. Christian Martinezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 Russian police allege that Reed grabbed the arm of an officer while in transit to the police station, causing the police vehicle to swerve into another lane. Amy Nakamura, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 The line backs up onto Federal Highway during lunchtime and sometimes dinner time too, forcing cars to swerve into the middle lane to avoid the backup. Susannah Bryan, Sun Sentinel, 16 Apr. 2022 The most common reasons for falling are a loss of balance or trying to swerve to avoid a collision or an object in your way. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, 3 Apr. 2022 For example, if there's a large piece of debris in the road that requires vehicles to swerve out of their lane to avoid it, USDOT currently must go find it manually or rely on public complaints. Mark Pittman, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of swerve

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for swerve

Middle English, from Old English sweorfan to wipe, file away; akin to Old High German swerban to wipe off, Welsh chwerfu to whirl

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“Swerve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swerve. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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\ ˈswərv How to pronounce swerve (audio) \
swerved; swerving

Kids Definition of swerve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to turn aside suddenly from a straight line or course The van swerved to avoid an oncoming car.



Kids Definition of swerve (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of turning aside suddenly

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