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Definitions of deviate

  1. To turn aside from the way; to stray or swerve from the path of duty; to err. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To cause to deviate. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To change the direction or position of. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To turn aside; diverge; wander. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To go from the way: to turn aside from a certain course: to err. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To stray; turn aside. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. To turn aside; wander; diverge; differ. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. be at variance with; be out of line with Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. cause to turn away from a previous or expected course; "The river was deviated to prevent flooding" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. To turn aside from the common way or method; to wander from the right path or course; to err; to go astray. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior Scrapingweb Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for deviate

  1. But when Bach began to melodise harmony so that his middle parts not merely filled in but had a tune of their own, when, too, he began to deviate from the Church modes then in general vogue in secular music, using the diatonic and chromatic scales indifferently, and tuning the Clavier in all the twenty- four keys, he found himself compelled to introduce a system of fingering better adapted to his innovations than that in use, and in particular, to challenge the convention which condemned the thumb to inactivity. – Johann Sebastian Bach by Johann Nikolaus Forkel and Charles Sanford Terry
  2. In the one case we receive instructions from which we are forbidden to deviate in the other we act as judges, with a power to pronounce decisions. – The Ethnology of the British Islands by Robert Gordon Latham
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