swerve

verb
\ 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

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Other Words from swerve

swerve noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for swerve

Synonyms

break, cut, sheer, veer, yaw, zag, zig

Antonyms

straighten

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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

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Then the car started to swerve, before going full speed ahead over the cliff. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The True Story of Grace Kelly's Death, and Why Rumors Surrounding It Have Been So Persistent," 31 Mar. 2019 At the start of 2018, Netflix’s original-film department seemed to swerve in terms of tone. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Can Netflix’s Set It Up Help Revive the Romantic Comedy?," 21 June 2018 The gravel truck driver swerved to avoid the other truck at 6:20 a.m. and crashed into a power pole, knocking out power to nearby homes and schools for about 30 minutes, said Officer Michael Bradley, CHP spokesman. Anthony Sorci And Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Gravel truck avoids collision, crashes into power pole on Bradshaw Road | The Sacramento Bee," 21 Feb. 2018 The pacing of this dual murder exploration is uncertain, the tone too often swerves toward melodrama, and the timeline gets confusing as the small-town characters multiply. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Is the True-Crime Fever Breaking? Watching Netflix’s John Grisham Documentary The Innocent Man," 14 Dec. 2018 The Chinese destroyer swerved in front of the American ship in an apparent attempt to harass it into leaving. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. and Chinese Destroyers Involved in 'Unsafe' Encounter at Sea," 2 Oct. 2018 With Legendre at the wheel, the vehicle had swerved off a road, crashed into a utility pole, and landed in a ditch, CentralMaine.com reported. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Powder in car during DUI arrest was Grandpa's ashes, not drugs, report says," 25 Apr. 2018 Sammy Alkhrisat, 35, of Chicago, was charged with DUI after he was stopped for swerving between lanes on northbound Thatcher Avenue, police said. Deborah Kadin, chicagotribune.com, "After run of bad luck, customer punches slot machine at Stella's in River Grove, police say," 11 May 2018 The vehicle then swerved to the right, across the HOV lane, and struck the driver of the second car, who was outside of his vehicle, Mehr said. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Good Samaritan killed while helping crash victims in Mesa," 24 May 2018

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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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More Definitions for swerve

swerve

verb

English Language Learners Definition of swerve

: to change direction suddenly especially to avoid hitting someone or something

swerve

verb
\ 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.

swerve

noun

Kids Definition of swerve (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of turning aside suddenly

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