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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From Grammy-winning pop stars like Justin Bieber to major movie stars like Emma Watson, here are all the celebs who've gotten swerved in front of the entire world. 1. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "11 Celebrities Who Were Rejected Publicly By Their Famous Crushes," 23 Jan. 2019 The second are transverse waves, produced as riders swerve left or right to avoid obstacles or find a more advantageous position. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "What we can learn about crowd behavior by watching the Tour de France," 19 Nov. 2018 The scene reaches its tragic climax when Charlie, hanging halfway out of the car window, is decapitated as Peter swerves off the road to avoid an animal. Jen Yamato, latimes.com, "Behind the most disturbing scenes of horror hit 'Hereditary'," 12 June 2018 The Chrysler Pacifica equipped with Waymo’s self-driving technology was struck by a Honda Civic heading in the opposite direction that had swerved to avoid a third car that had run a red light. Fox News, "Waymo autonomous vehicle involved in Arizona crash was in manual mode at time of incident," 7 May 2018 According to police reports, the Honda was eastbound when swerved to avoid striking a vehicle that was driving northbound. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Google self-driving van involved in crash in Arizona, driver injured," 4 May 2018 Garza Palacios drove up, swerved to avoid their vehicles and plowed into them on the shoulder. Fox News, "ICE arrests man in Maryland crash that killed FBI agent, fire marshal," 2 Oct. 2018 This driver, too, lost control of his Chevrolet Tahoe while trying to swerve to avoid crashing. Meagan Flynn, Houston Chronicle, "Houston police report first possible ice-related fatality on the roads," 17 Jan. 2018 Cars parked in the lane force drivers to swerve into northbound traffic, which increases the risk of a collision between drivers and cyclists. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Philly cyclists line up near new Wawa to highlight unsafe biking conditions," 10 July 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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