\ ˈvir How to pronounce veer (audio) \
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
veered; veering; veers

Definition of veer (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

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

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Verb (1)

veeringly \ ˈvir-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce veeringly (audio) \ 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 Phoenix started 5-2 and had its head coach, Monty Williams, veering away from the game plan of just looking to improve month-to-month. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns' Deandre Ayton ruled out vs. Oklahoma City Thunder because of ankle sprain," 19 Dec. 2019 Across the economy, these elements are at risk as politicians and voters veer away from open trade and free markets. The Economist, "Who will win the media wars?," 14 Nov. 2019 By keeping one foot in reality, the shows are able to connect with viewers who might normally veer away from anything with a sci-fi label. Carl Kelsch, Marie Claire, "New Shows Put Women at Center of the Male-Dominated Fantasy Genre," 24 Oct. 2019 Drag Race is manna from heaven for content creators and for niche fandoms—groups of die-hard fans that veer away from traditional, mainstream entertainment. Carolina Are, Quartzy, "How “RuPaul’s Drag Race” changed the way we speak," 2 Oct. 2019 Their solutions to problems veer away from what’s taught (or expected) and more toward an answer that’s unique and more creative. Houston Chronicle, "Grand Adventure: Make room for your rebel," 20 Sep. 2019 Then Warcraft II started to veer off in its own direction, Didier recalled. Richard C. Moss, Ars Technica, "How Warcraft III birthed a genre, changed a franchise, and earned a Reforge-ing," 27 Jan. 2020 No lawmaker seeking a quick acquittal of the president would want the trial to veer off in an uncharted direction. Byron York, Washington Examiner, "ANALYSIS: In witness debate, growing GOP focus on Hunter Biden; some press for whistleblower," 23 Jan. 2020 As Oestricher desperately fought to maintain control of his wild steed, the situation became increasingly dire as the YF-16 began to veer to the left. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "That Time When the F-16 Accidentally Had Its First Flight," 23 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the governor’s combative tone in the national media veers from his approach with some in-state audiences, including his appearance at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention on Oct. 17. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Dunleavy takes recall defense national with appearances on Fox News, Breitbart and other outlets," 24 Oct. 2019 The other day, where the 110 veers to the 105, a leopard-print high-heeled shoe sat alone on the roadside. Los Angeles Times, "Why L.A. is the perpetual dark heart of crime writing," 17 Oct. 2019 Operating out of Muskegon’s pistol-veer offense, the QB ran the ball 30 times for 290 yards and five touchdowns in a 36-21 victory. Scott Decamp | Sdecamp1@mlive.com, cleveland, "Cameron Martinez brings versatility and speed to 2020 Ohio State recruiting class," 4 July 2019 Yeh’s dad is Chinese and from Los Angeles, and her mom is a Jewish New Yorker, so her cooking veers toward hybrids like scallion-pancake challah, with nods to the hearty Midwest palate. Gary Levin, USA TODAY, "Molly Yeh: How motherhood has changed this Chinese-Jewish Food Network star," 10 Sep. 2019 De La Salle used its veer offense to roll up more than 200 first-half rushing yards. Mitch Stephens, SFChronicle.com, "St. Ignatius rebounds from loss to beat team from Washington state," 14 Sep. 2019 Midline and veer options are based on count system, Meyer instructed viewers. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Urban Meyer, college-football analyst: 7 things to know," 12 Sep. 2019 No, De La Salle has not abandoned the veer option offense that helped make the program famous. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, "Football: Takeaways from De La Salle’s loss to St. Thomas Aquinas," 24 Aug. 2019 The Spartans pride themselves on beating bigger squads with efficient line play, defense, their quick-hitting veer offense and versatile backfield. Mitch Stephens, SFChronicle.com, "De La Salle opens football season against nation’s best," 19 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then Warcraft II started to veer off in its own direction, Didier recalled. Richard C. Moss, Ars Technica, "How Warcraft III birthed a genre, changed a franchise, and earned a Reforge-ing," 27 Jan. 2020 No lawmaker seeking a quick acquittal of the president would want the trial to veer off in an uncharted direction. Byron York, Washington Examiner, "ANALYSIS: In witness debate, growing GOP focus on Hunter Biden; some press for whistleblower," 23 Jan. 2020 As Oestricher desperately fought to maintain control of his wild steed, the situation became increasingly dire as the YF-16 began to veer to the left. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "That Time When the F-16 Accidentally Had Its First Flight," 23 Jan. 2020 Still, there remains an uneasiness among Republicans to veer off their mandate in considering the actual charges against the President. Alana Abramson, Time, "Your Senate Impeachment Trial Questions Answered Here," 15 Jan. 2020 Democrats, in the months ahead, should ask themselves whether America is ready to veer from a president who has trashed the Constitution to a leader who wants to overhaul the entire economy and health care system in a single four-year term. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Joe Biden wants to be a normal president in a highly abnormal age.," 6 Jan. 2020 As legislators around the nation return to state capitals this month for a new season of lawmaking, they are expected to veer in starkly partisan directions — to the left and to the right. Timothy Williams, New York Times, "Democrats, Newly Dominant in Virginia, Race to Make New Laws," 6 Jan. 2020 The deer hit the windshield of her vehicle, causing her to veer off the road and hit a tree. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan man dies in rollover crash after striking deer in Lapeer County," 24 Nov. 2019 After years of disagreement on the issue, alimony-overhaul advocates and The Florida Bar's Family Law Section supported the proposal, which would have also eliminated permanent alimony while giving judges some discretion to veer from the formula. Dara Kam, sun-sentinel.com, "Lobbyists lining up on Florida’s contentious alimony issue," 25 Oct. 2019

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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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15 Feb 2020

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“Veer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/veer. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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veer

verb
\ ˈvir How to pronounce veer (audio) \
veered; veering

Kids Definition of veer

: to change direction

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