Synonyms & Antonyms of veer

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to change one's course or direction
  • at this point the river veers to the southwest before finally emptying into the Atlantic Ocean

Synonyms for veer

Words Related to veer

2 to change the course or direction of (something)
  • veered the ship abruptly to the right to avoid a collision

Synonyms for veer

Words Related to veer

3 to depart abruptly from a straight line or course
  • without warning the car veered to the left and into an oncoming truck

Synonyms for veer

Words Related to veer

Antonyms for veer



Synonyms of veer (Entry 2 of 2)

as in turn, twist

Synonyms & Near Synonyms for veer

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About veer

How does the verb veer contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of veer are depart, deviate, digress, diverge, and swerve. While all these words mean "to turn aside from a straight course," veer implies a major change in direction.

at that point the path veers to the right

When would depart be a good substitute for veer?

While in some cases nearly identical to veer, depart suggests a deviation from a traditional or conventional course or type.

occasionally departs from his own guidelines

When could deviate be used to replace veer?

The synonyms deviate and veer are sometimes interchangeable, but deviate implies a turning from a customary or prescribed course.

never deviated from her daily routine

In what contexts can digress take the place of veer?

Although the words digress and veer have much in common, digress applies to a departing from the subject of one's discourse.

a professor prone to digress

How do diverge and depart relate to one another, in the sense of veer?

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

When might swerve be a better fit than veer?

The words swerve and veer are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, swerve may suggest a physical, mental, or moral turning away from a given course, often with abruptness.

swerved to avoid hitting the dog

Learn More About veer

Time Traveler for veer

Time Traveler

The first known use of veer was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Thesaurus Entries Near veer




See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Veer.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on veer

Nglish: Translation of veer for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!