- To deviate is to depart from a planned or accepted course, from expectations or from accepted behavior.
- When you have a map all drawn out and you go another way, this is an example of a situation where you deviate from the planned route.
- When you behave improperly and defy conventional standards, this is an example of a situation where your behavior deviates from the norm.
deviate definition by Webster's New World
Origin: ; from Late Latin deviatus, past participle of deviare, to turn aside ; from de-, from plush via, road: see via
- deviator noun
deviate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb de·vi·at·ed, de·vi·at·ing, de·vi·ates verb, intransitive
- To turn aside from a course or way.
- To depart, as from a norm, purpose, or subject; stray. See Synonyms at swerve.
Origin: Late Latin dēviāre, dēviāt- : Latin dē-, de- + Latin via, road; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.
- deˈvi·aˌtor noun
- deˈvi·a·toˌry adjective