Deviate Definition

dēvē-āt
deviated, deviates, deviating
verb
deviated, deviates, deviating
To turn aside (from a course, direction, standard, doctrine, etc.); diverge; digress.
Webster's New World
To cause to deviate.
Webster's New World
To depart, as from a norm, purpose, or subject; differ or stray.
American Heritage
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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noun
deviates
A deviant; esp., one whose sexual behavior is deviant.
Webster's New World

(statistics) A value equal to the difference between a measured variable factor and a fixed or algorithmic reference value.

Wiktionary
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adjective
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
deviantaberrant

Other Word Forms of Deviate

Noun

Singular:
deviate
Plural:
deviates

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

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