Deviate meaning

dēvē-āt
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.

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A deviant.
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To turn aside from a course or way.

Hikers who deviated from the main path.

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To depart, as from a norm, purpose, or subject; differ or stray.
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To cause to turn aside or differ.
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To turn aside (from a course, direction, standard, doctrine, etc.); diverge; digress.
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To cause to deviate.
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A deviant; esp., one whose sexual behavior is deviant.
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(sociology) A person with deviant behaviour; a deviant, degenerate or pervert.
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(statistics) A value equal to the difference between a measured variable factor and a fixed or algorithmic reference value.
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(intransitive) To go off course from; to change course; to change plans.

He's deviating from the course. Follow him!

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(intransitive) To fall outside of, or part from, some norm; to stray.

His exhibition of nude paintings deviated from local censorship norms.

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Origin of deviate

  • Late Latin dēviāre dēviāt- Latin dē- de- Latin via road wegh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Late Latin deviatus, past participle of deviare, from the phrase de via.

    From Wiktionary