swerve

verb \ ˈswərv \

Definition of swerve

swerved; swerving
intransitive verb
:to turn aside abruptly from a straight line or course :deviate
transitive verb
:to cause to turn aside or deviate

swerve

noun

Examples of swerve in a Sentence

  1. He lost control of the car and swerved toward a tree.

  2. the car swerved sharply to avoid the squirrel in the road

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Origin and Etymology of swerve

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

swerve Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of swerve

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

SWERVE Defined for English Language Learners

swerve

verb

Definition of swerve for English Language Learners

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


SWERVE Defined for Kids

1

swerve

verb \ ˈswərv \

Definition of swerve for Students

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

2

swerve

noun

Definition of swerve for Students

:an act or instance of turning aside suddenly


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