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swerve

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of swerve

  1. 1 to depart abruptly from a straight line or course the car swerved sharply to avoid the squirrel in the road Synonyms of swerve break, cut, sheer, veer, yaw, zag, zig Words Related to swerve skew, slew (also slue); arc, arch, bend, bow, crook, curve, hook, round, sweep, wheel; about-face, pivot; circle, coil, curl, loop, spiral; turn, twist, wind; weave, zigzag; deviate, stray, wander, waver Antonyms of swerve straighten

  2. 2 to turn away from a straight line or course the bike path gently swerves to the right Synonyms of swerve arc, arch, bend, bow, crook, fall off, hook, round, sweep, curve, trend, wheelWords Related to swerve circle, coil, curlicue, curl, loop, spiral; turn, twist, wind; deviate, veerAntonyms of swerve straighten

  3. 3 to cause to turn away from a straight line a dog dashed out in front of me and made me swerve my bike into the path of an oncoming car Synonyms of swerve arch, bow, crook, curve, hook, bendWords Related to swerve arc, round; incurvate, incurve, inflect, reflect; deflect, divert; entwine, kink, swirl, turn, twine, twist, veer, warp; coil, curl, enroll (also enrol), loop, spiral; dent, dimple; meander, wave, weave, wind; decline, incline, slopeAntonyms of swerve straighten, unbend, uncurl

  4. 4 to change one's course or direction the hurricane had been following the coastline before it swerved and headed inland Synonyms of swerve detour, deviate, diverge, sheer, turn, swing, turn off, veer, wheelWords Related to swerve tack, zigzag; double (back), turn back

Synonym Discussion of swerve

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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