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deviate (v.)

1630s, "turn aside or wander from the (right) way," from Late Latin deviatus, past participle of deviare "to turn aside, turn out of the way," from Latin phrase de via, from de "off" (see de-) + via "way" (see via). Meaning "take a different course, diverge, differ" is from 1690s. Related: Deviated; deviating. The noun meaning "sexual pervert" is attested from 1912.

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Definitions of deviate
1
deviate (v.)
turn aside; turn away from;
Synonyms: divert
deviate (v.)
be at variance with; be out of line with;
Synonyms: vary / diverge / depart
deviate (v.)
cause to turn away from a previous or expected course;
The river was deviated to prevent flooding
2
deviate (n.)
a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior;
Synonyms: pervert / deviant / degenerate
3
deviate (adj.)
markedly different from an accepted norm;
Synonyms: aberrant / deviant
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