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detour

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of detour

  1. a turning away from a course or standard <we'll regard this relapse as just a brief detour on your road to recovery from substance abuse> Synonyms deflection, departure, divergence, deviation, divagation, divergency, diversionRelated Words regression, retrogression, reversionNear Antonyms adherence


detour

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of detour

  1. 1 to avoid by going around <we had to detour the construction zone in order to get to the stadium> Synonyms bypass, circumnavigate, circumvent, skirt Related Words leapfrog; avoid, dodge, duck, elude, escape, eschew, evade, flee, shake, shun Near Antonyms confront, face, meet; accept, court, embrace, pursue, seek, welcome

  2. 2 to change one's course or direction <we had to detour for a few miles around the section of highway under construction> Synonyms turn, deviate, diverge, sheer, swerve, swing, turn off, veer, wheelRelated Words tack, zigzag; double (back), turn back


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