Definition of swerve in English:

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Pronunciation: /swərv/


Change or cause to change direction abruptly: [no object]: a car swerved around a corner [with object]: he swerved the truck, narrowly missing a teenager on a skateboard
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  • A few cars swerved and squeezed by us, but finally someone had to stop and give us way.
  • He said his wife had tried to get help by stopping passing cars but one had swerved around her.
  • It should be widened and sidewalks introduced - a truck swerving to avoid a pedestrian was the cause of one of last week's crashes there.
veer, deviate, skew, diverge, sheer, weave, zigzag, change direction;
Sailing  tack


An abrupt change of direction: do not make sudden swerves, particularly around parked vehicles
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  • The tall and rather narrow little car could not cope with sudden swerves.
  • Being world class is not just holding glittering events but roads on which traffic can move at an average and safe speed of at least 40 kmph. without frequent swerves and stops to avoid potholes.
  • When garbage contains hard objects, it can contribute more directly to accidents by causing damage to vehicles, punctures or dangerous swerves.



Example sentences
  • The best first-half point was Keith Raymond's swerver from 40 metres, hit with the outside of his boot.
  • Claus Jensen, bright and inventive in midfield, tested Richard Wright with a 30-yard swerver which the England keeper clutched in his midriff.
  • It was to be the hosts last flag raiser of the day as McDonald rifled over a trademark swerver to send his team six clear with six minutes left to play.


Old English sweorfan 'depart, leave, turn aside', of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch swerven 'to stray'.

Words that rhyme with swerve

conserve, curve, Deneuve, derv, hors d'oeuvre, nerve, observe, roman-fleuve, serve, subserve, verve

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