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veer

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verb \ˈvir\

Definition of veer

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to let out (as a rope)

Origin and Etymology of veer

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 1far


First Known Use: 15th century


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veer

verb

Definition of veer

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to change direction or course the economy veered sharply downward

  3. 2 of the wind :  to shift in a clockwise direction — compare back

  4. 3 of a ship :  to change course by turning the stern to the wind

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to direct to a different course; specifically :  wear 7

veeringly

play \ˈvir-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of veer

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 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.


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of veer

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.

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veer

noun

Definition of veer

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

Origin and Etymology of veer

noun derivative of 2veer


First Known Use: circa 1611



VEER Defined for Kids

veer

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verb \ˈvir\

Definition of veer for Students

veered

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veering

  1. :  to change direction



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