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.

updated on August 08, 2018

Definitions of deviate from WordNet
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
deviate (n.)
a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior;
Synonyms: pervert / deviant / degenerate
deviate (adj.)
markedly different from an accepted norm;
Synonyms: aberrant / deviant
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