Pronunciation: /ˈdiːvɪeɪt /[no object] (usually deviate from)
- 1Depart from an established course: you must not deviate from the agreed routeMore example sentences
- Meanwhile, the rest of the world must not deviate from its carbon-cutting course.
- Sometimes members deviate from the course, and commanders must take corrective actions.
- The wristbands are not freely distributed to our employees as it would deviate from the original intention to help our target beneficiaries in Indonesia who need curative eye treatment.
- 1.1Depart from usual or accepted standards: those who deviate from society’s valuesMore example sentences
- ‘It doesn't make sense to deviate from the standard except in a small way if there are pragmatic deviations that make sense,’ he said.
- How much sacrifice are we willing to make, how much are we willing to deviate from the socially accepted standard behaviour?
- Such a high premium exists on the female appearance, anything we do to deviate from the accepted standard of beauty is seen as reckless endangerment.
noun & adjective
Pronunciation: /ˈdiːvɪət /Back to top
- old-fashioned term for deviant.More example sentences
- The stigmatising of homosexuals as perverts or deviates is over.
- Anyway, the ‘real’ sex between us is wonderful, but I would like to know if he is a deviate who perhaps needs professional help. - Louisiana Lady
- Three Kiktu warriors were especially vociferous in their displeasure; exchanging loud quips on the subject of pitiful, decrepit, tired, over-large, old, ugly, beaten-down, one-eyed sexual deviates.
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- The Koran states: ‘Fight and slay the Pagans wherever you find them… the deviators, they are the fuel of hell.’
- My previous panicking mode was distorted into a mischievous deviator that knew exactly what he was going to do.
mid 16th century (as an adjective in the sense 'remote'): from late Latin deviat- 'turned out of the way', from the verb deviare, from de- 'away from' + via 'way'. The verb dates from the mid 17th century.