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Meaning & Definition of Deviate in English

English

Deviate

/diviet/

noun

1. A person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior

    synonym:
  • pervert
  • ,
  • deviant
  • ,
  • deviate
  • ,
  • degenerate

verb

1. Turn aside

  • Turn away from
    synonym:
  • deviate
  • ,
  • divert

2. Be at variance with

  • Be out of line with
    synonym:
  • deviate
  • ,
  • vary
  • ,
  • diverge
  • ,
  • depart

3. Cause to turn away from a previous or expected course

  • "The river was deviated to prevent flooding"
    synonym:
  • deviate

adjective

1. Markedly different from an accepted norm

  • "Aberrant behavior"
  • "Deviant ideas"
    synonym:
  • aberrant
  • ,
  • deviant
  • ,
  • deviate

Examples of using

Let's not deviate from the subject.