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 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

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In conversation, Bloom is candid, reflective, and sincere—but with a natural talent for knowing when to veer off into a witty aside or a wicked joke. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Rachel Bloom Has a Lot to Say," 13 June 2018 Burberry's Hawthorn Berry has a bold, brick feel, while By Terry's Carnal Attraction, Chanel's L'Impatiente, and Estée Lauder's Black Cassis veer toward a more blackberry tone. Katheryn Erickson, Town & Country, "Violet Femmes," 14 Dec. 2012 There are privacy screens, personal outlets, and reading lights—so why skip the traditional room and veer towards a summer camp style of sleeping (especially as an adult)? Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Who’s Sleeping in All These Hotel Bunk Beds?," 28 Mar. 2019 Tapping into the snowy backdrop, the collection then veered into après ski, done Chanel style. In-between, a range of bright looks added some major color to the runway in the form of hot pink, turquoise, orange red, and purple. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chanel Pays Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld on a Snow-Covered Runway," 5 Mar. 2019 That conversation rarely veered from the topic of MacKenzie’s writing. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "Who Will Get the First MacKenzie Bezos Interview?," 10 Jan. 2019 The first issue veers towards a trope that has rarely been combined with tech: the often awkward and clumsy women who transform into impossibly beautiful and powerful heroines of the digital battleground. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Zoe Quinn’s Goddess Mode makes cyberpunk magic from the internet," 27 Dec. 2018 Emotions veered as early returns in Florida, Georgia, and Texas looked bleak—our rock stars were losing. Marie Claire, "One Week Post-Midterms Here's What We Know," 13 Nov. 2018 That collision caused one vehicle to veer off the road and onto the sidewalk, seriously injuring the woman and child who were then transported to the hospital, Enriquez said. Angel Mendoza, azcentral, "MCSO: Woman, child on sidewalk in Mesa seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle," 19 May 2018

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The result means that some of the Dumped Wife's content is delightfully homemade, while other photography veers towards the type more common to professional social media presences. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Dumped Wife's Revenge Is the Instagram Account You Need in Your Life," 13 Aug. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As the field entered the final turn into the home stretch, Maximum Security veered to his... Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, "Country House Wins Kentucky Derby After Maximum Security Is Disqualified," 4 May 2019 Tapping into the snowy backdrop, the collection then veered into après ski, done Chanel style. In-between, a range of bright looks added some major color to the runway in the form of hot pink, turquoise, orange red, and purple. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chanel Pays Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld on a Snow-Covered Runway," 5 Mar. 2019 The first issue veers towards a trope that has rarely been combined with tech: the often awkward and clumsy women who transform into impossibly beautiful and powerful heroines of the digital battleground. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Zoe Quinn’s Goddess Mode makes cyberpunk magic from the internet," 27 Dec. 2018 Emotions veered as early returns in Florida, Georgia, and Texas looked bleak—our rock stars were losing. Marie Claire, "One Week Post-Midterms Here's What We Know," 13 Nov. 2018 Whenever the Met Gala comes around, red carpet beauty veers away from the standard sultry smoky eyes and sleek updos and instead toward fun, out-of-the-box looks. Allure, "Met Gala 2019: The Coolest Makeup and Hair Looks of the Night," 6 May 2019 An accident seems inevitable since Ted is drunk, and, surely enough, his car veers into a pond. Alan Zilberman, idahostatesman, "‘Chappaquiddick’ appeases neither Kennedy fans nor its haters | Idaho Statesman," 5 Apr. 2018 Angelababy has always worked with the high-contrast combination of streetwear and princess frocks, but lately, her day to day looks have veered even more toward effortlessness. Vogue, "Angelababy’s Young Mom Style Is (Mostly) Down to Earth," 15 Mar. 2019 During negotiation sessions, Trump’s attention has veered wildly. Seung-min Kim, The Seattle Times, "Inside Trump’s defiance on the longest shutdown ever," 13 Jan. 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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veer

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

Kids Definition of veer

: to change direction

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