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veer

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of veer

  1. 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 of veer detour, deviate, diverge, sheer, swerve, swing, turn off, turn, wheelWords Related to veer tack, zigzag; double (back), turn back

  2. 2 to change the course or direction of (something) veered the ship abruptly to the right to avoid a collision Synonyms of veer deflect, divert, redirect, swing, turn, wheel, whipWords Related to veer avert, deviate, move, rechannel, shift, shunt, sidetrack, swerve, switch, transfer; swivel, twist, whirl, zigzag; bend, curve, sway; reverse, turn back

  3. 3 to depart abruptly from a straight line or course without warning the car veered to the left and into an oncoming truck Synonyms of veer break, cut, sheer, swerve, yaw, zag, zigWords Related to veer 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, waverAntonyms of veer straighten

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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