Definition of Deviate in English :

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Deviate meaning in English

Meaning of Deviate in English

Pronunciation of Deviate in English

Deviate pronunciation in English

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1. degenerate, deviant, deviate, pervert

a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior


2. deviate, divert

turn aside; turn away from

3. depart, deviate, diverge, vary

be at variance with; be out of line with

4. deviate

cause to turn away from a previous or expected course

Example Sentences:
'The river was deviated to prevent flooding'


5. aberrant, deviant, deviate

markedly different from an accepted norm

Example Sentences:
'aberrant behavior'
'deviant ideas'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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verb (ˈdiːvɪˌeɪt )
1. (usually intr)
to differ or diverge or cause to differ or diverge, as in belief or thought
2. (usually intr)
to turn aside or cause to turn aside; diverge or cause to diverge
3. (intransitive) psychology
to depart from an accepted standard or convention
noun, adjective (ˈdiːvɪɪt )
4.  another word for deviant

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verb intransitiveWord forms: ˈdeviˌated or ˈdeviˌating
to turn aside (from a course, direction, standard, doctrine, etc.); diverge; digress
verb transitive
to cause to deviate
a deviant; esp., one whose sexual behavior is deviant

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


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v. de·vi·at·ed, de·vi·at·ing, de·vi·ates
1. To turn aside from a course or way: hikers who deviated from the main path.
2. To depart, as from a norm, purpose, or subject; differ or stray. See Synonyms at swerve.
To cause to turn aside or differ.
n. (-ĭt)
A deviant.

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