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veer

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verb \ ˈvir \

Definition of veer

intransitive verb
1 :to change direction or course
  • the economy veered sharply downward
2 of the wind :to shift in a clockwise direction — compare 4back 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 7

veeringly

play \ˈvir-iŋ-lē\ adverb

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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
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.

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of veer

noun derivative of 1veer


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veer

verb

Definition of veer

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

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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



VEER Defined for Kids

veer

play
verb \ ˈvir \

Definition of veer for Students

veered; veering
:to change direction


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