veer

verb (1)
\ˈvir \
veered; veering; veers

Definition of veer 

(Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to change direction or course the economy veered sharply downward

2 of the wind : to shift in a clockwise direction — compare back entry 4 sense 2

3 of a ship : to change course by turning the stern to the wind

transitive verb

: to direct to a different course specifically : wear sense 7

veer

noun

Definition of veer (Entry 2 of 3)

: a change in course or direction a veer to the right

veer

verb (2)
veered; veering; veers

Definition of veer (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to let out (something, such as a rope)

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Other Words from veer

Verb (1)

veeringly \ˈvir-​iŋ-​lē \ adverb

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Verb (1)

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 veer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And the result is a company that has veered from one crisis to the next for more than two years, deeply damaging trust in the company. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Mark Zuckerberg became a wartime CEO," 20 Nov. 2018 The judge denied the accusations with force that sometimes veered into belligerence. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Brett Kavanaugh Has Been Confirmed to the Supreme Court," 6 Oct. 2018 Griess had pulled over Manuel's vehicle for an enforcement stop when the white truck veered and hit the two men in Fairfield, about 47 miles northeast of San Francisco, the report said. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "California highway officer and motorist killed during traffic stop," 11 Aug. 2018 In another performance that veers from vulnerable to terrifying, Essie Davis plays a woman whose resentment of her boy manifests itself in something existentially menacing. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "Home Is Where the Horror Is," 7 June 2018 Teammates can pressure the ball on defense with the knowledge that Gobert won’t have veered wildly out of his position. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "All The Right Notes: Donovan Mitchell Ushers In a New Jazz Age," 4 May 2018 Divesting a home can be a sentimental journey that can veer from teary to overwrought, giddy to relieved. sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tips for helping your parents downsize and move," 25 Apr. 2018 From there, the EAR commenced his terrifying drama that rarely veered from his vile script. Bob Sylva, sacbee, "1988: The desperate search for the East Area Rapist costs millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Apr. 2018 Apple brass wanted crucifixes removed from the main couple’s home and didn’t want the storyline to veer into anything religious, The Wall Street Journal reported. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Apple passes on Dr. Dre drama over graphic scenes, report says," 25 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The performances from the older Crain children are wonderfully restrained, lending a sense of gravitas without letting the show veer too far into melodrama. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House is like This Is Us wrapped in a gothic ghost story," 28 Sep. 2018 The city policy veers from state law in another notable way: the city won’t enforce donor disclosures on social media posts, emails and text communications. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego requiring greater transparency on campaign ad donors," 16 May 2018 Generally, those to the right of the political spectrum tend to be pro-capitalist; those on the left veer toward anti-capitalism. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "What “Capitalism” Is and How It Affects People," 11 Apr. 2018 Even though Knudsen stuck to the run-heavy veer offense until the end, rather than turn to the spread passing game that so many schools recently have employed, the Eagles' offense moved the ball. Nick Daschel, OregonLive.com, "Chris Knudsen retires as Centennial football coach after 32-year run," 9 Apr. 2018 Daisy loves earrings and veers towards more delicate pieces, while Mimi is into rings and goes for a stronger more Art Deco aesthetic. A-LIST, "Family Jewels," 24 Dec. 2017 USA TODAY Sports The wishbone led to the veer led to the flexbone led to Nebraska’s dynasty of the 1990s, and then the traditional option offense dropped off the map. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Army-Navy: The triple option levels the playing field against competition," 8 Dec. 2017 Once Peters hit a few throws to create some space, Michigan hammered Rutgers with powers and counters and sprinkled in a bit of inverted veer for good measure. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football stock watch: 3 up, 3 down after win vs. Rutgers," 29 Oct. 2017 Other Yangon folk veer alarmingly into the kind of language of conspiracy that enables genocide. The Economist, "BanyanIs the world getting Myanmar wrong?," 26 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There’s a lot to explore there, though: it’s possible that evolution veers so strongly away from paternal mtDNA for a very good reason. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Plot twist: Mitochondrial DNA can come from both parents," 28 Nov. 2018 Halloween decorations usually veer into one of three categories—creepy, cutesy, or campy—but this latest trend nails the trifecta. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Zombie Flamingos Will Scare The Flock Out Of Your Neighbors This Halloween," 20 Sep. 2018 Though its trailer veers dangerously close to melodrama, A Star Is Born had reviewers raving following its premiere at the Venice Film Festival last week. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "This New Clip of Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born Proves You Will Never Get The Movie's Songs Out of Your Head," 7 Sep. 2018 What about when those veer into people who are on your platform, the developers too? Eric Johnson, Recode, "For some under-represented people in tech, life is getting better. For others, this is the ‘dark timeline.’," 5 Sep. 2018 My skin feels clean, balanced, and most importantly, not tight or irritated — which is saying a lot, because my skin generally veers dry. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Pixi by Petra Launches the First-Ever Retinol Tonic," 19 July 2018 Roaming from Hanoi to Kerkyra to Manhattan, Xie’s language veers between precise imagery, with the details of the world rendered in intimate close-up, and elegant aphorism, zooming out to take in a universal truth from a wide shot. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 15 Nov. 2018 His daily wardrobe never veers far from a T-shirt over a long-sleeve thermal. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 25 Oct. 2018 Griess had pulled over Manuel's vehicle for an enforcement stop when the white truck veered and hit the two men in Fairfield, about 47 miles northeast of San Francisco, the report said. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "California highway officer and motorist killed during traffic stop," 11 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of veer

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for veer

Verb (1)

Middle English veren, probably altered from Anglo-French virer "to whirl, turn, revolve" (continental Old French, "to throw with a twisting motion"), going back to Vulgar Latin *vīrāre, reduced from Latin vibrāre "to wave, propel suddenly" — more at vibrate

Note: The vowel change (e in Middle English, i in French) is of unclear motivation. Cf. Old Scots wyr, wyre "to throw along a curving trajectory," vyre "to turn about a fixed point," apparently borrowed from Anglo-French virer with no alteration of vowel.

Noun

noun derivative of veer entry 1

Verb (2)

Middle English veren, borrowed from Middle Dutch *vieren or Middle Low German vīren, perhaps from a Frisian verbal derivative of Old Frisian fīr "far"; akin to Old English feorr far entry 1

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veer

verb
\ˈvir \
veered; veering

Kids Definition of veer

: to change direction

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