veer

verb (1)
\ 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

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 How to pronounce veer (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 Despite the historic slate of nominees, the ceremony is expected to garner low viewership, with many viewers planning to tune out if the winners' speeches veer into politics. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Los Angeles officials removed homeless from Union Station ahead of Oscars: Report," 25 Apr. 2021 Some songs have the energy and anger of punk, some add rootsy touches, some veer toward punchy classic rock and, occasionally, heavy metal. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "‘Sweep It Into Space’ by Dinosaur Jr. Review: An ’80s Group Keeps Roaring," 19 Apr. 2021 The force of the collision caused Camp to veer into oncoming traffic and was then hit by two separate cars. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels motorcyclist dies after he was hit by two cars on the highway," 9 Apr. 2021 Boogie is so limited in its conception of what that pain entails that its main character’s anguish tends to veer more toward self-pity than anything broader. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "Boogie Needs to Grow Up," 5 Mar. 2021 When your encounters and negotiations veer into name-calling or emotional manipulation, steer it back to the bloodless practicality of who gets the bookshelf. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Breakup encounters should be negotiations," 8 Jan. 2021 Jones’ works are composed of salvaged materials that veer between garage sale treasures and back-alley scavenges. Danielle Avram, Dallas News, "Dallas artist Vince Jones breathes new life into found objects with creative mashups," 7 Apr. 2021 Dreams are vital, but without some idea of how to get there, dreams can veer wildly off course. Michael Mcmullen, Forbes, "How To Scale A Business Without Skewering It," 9 Apr. 2021 Anything else can veer into information protected by the ADA. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Can your employer require a vaccine? Probably. So can a restaurant or hotel.," 8 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Karr players likened the Carencro offense to the split back veer system John Curtis has used successfully for the past five decades or so. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "Karr tries to join football elite with fifth straight title, but powerful Carencro stands in way," 28 Dec. 2020 But, perhaps worn down from being on the field for too many plays against the split back veer rushing attack, Karr allowed touchdowns on four of the five drives that began the second half. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "Dabe: State runner-up Karr has been here before; loss will not slow Cougar football machine," 30 Dec. 2020 But the Justices, especially Coney Barrett, ask a lot of questions about why the government should be able to intrude on private property all without some sort of compelling justification, this would signal a much harder veer to the right. Evan Gerstmann, Forbes, "On Monday The Supreme Court May Reveal Just How Conservative It Really Is," 21 Mar. 2021 Carencro runs the same split back veer offense successfully used by Curtis for several decades. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "Karr tries to join football elite with fifth straight title, but powerful Carencro stands in way," 28 Dec. 2020 The Rams run a split-back veer offense that is similar to the offense used at Curtis. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "They meet again: Karr-Easton, Destrehan-Acadiana are familiar postseason opponents," 17 Dec. 2020 Curtis replied when asked how often his team plays against other veer option teams. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "John Curtis, Acadiana bring near-identical veer offenses into first meeting since 1980," 10 Oct. 2020 Pilot whales have strong social ties and even if only a few members of a pod veer off course, the others often follow. NBC News, "Australia begins disposal of hundreds of dead whales as rescue efforts end," 26 Sep. 2020 Rather, the story was that Joe Biden regrets the veer to the left that the ACA became because the political backlash made the Obama administration a lame-duck administration by the first midterm. Kevin A. Hassett, National Review, "Evaluating the Impact of Biden’s Health-Care Plans," 29 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yet does Carlson’s veer into the far-right fever swamp really fit that strategy? Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: The Tucker Carlson mystery: How does his show survive without major advertisers?," 30 Apr. 2021 Despite the historic slate of nominees, the ceremony is expected to garner low viewership, with many viewers planning to tune out if the winners' speeches veer into politics. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Los Angeles officials removed homeless from Union Station ahead of Oscars: Report," 25 Apr. 2021 The force of the collision caused Camp to veer into oncoming traffic and was then hit by two separate cars. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels motorcyclist dies after he was hit by two cars on the highway," 9 Apr. 2021 The truck was driving on the wrong side of the road, which caused another pick-up truck to slam on its breaks and veer into the grass to avoid a collision. John Benson, cleveland, "Driving in wrong lane, impaired Grafton man nearly hits pick-up truck: Broadview Heights Police Blotter," 7 Apr. 2021 And the Earth did not even immediately spin off its axis and veer into the sun. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "‘This is a bump in the road, and a good one’: Utah Jazz’s win streak ended by the Clippers," 19 Feb. 2021 When your encounters and negotiations veer into name-calling or emotional manipulation, steer it back to the bloodless practicality of who gets the bookshelf. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Breakup encounters should be negotiations," 8 Jan. 2021 There’s no reason to think the man who reinvented the way bullpens are employed would veer off course. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Tony La Russa’s bullpen management — once dubbed the ‘La Russaization’ of baseball — takes center stage with the Chicago White Sox’s loaded corps of relievers," 10 Apr. 2021 In a sport like baseball, one that is trying to veer away from stoicism, and instead, seep into the personalities of its players, Green understood that the audacity would serve a purpose. BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox unveil yellow jerseys as part of ‘City Connect’ venture with Nike," 6 Apr. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Veer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/veer. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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