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American English: /swərv/
British English: /swəːv/

Translation of swerve in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • 1 (change direction)
    virar bruscamente
    dar un viraje brusco
    dar un volantazo (Mexico)
    ir con efecto
    she swerved to avoid the dog
    viró bruscamente para no atropellar al perro
    he swerved in and out of the traffic
    zigzagueó por entre el tráfico
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 (deviate) [literary]
    I shall not swerve from my purpose [literary]
    no me desviaré de mi propósito
    no cejaré en mi propósito [literary]

transitive verb

  • (vehicle)
    hacer virar bruscamente


  • 1 countable (movement)
    (of vehicle) viraje (masculine) brusco
    volantazo (masculine) (Mexico)
    Example sentences
    • 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
    • I remember Steve Davis explaining how Higgins used body action to put swerve on a ball.
    • He has accuracy and the ability to make the ball dip and swerve or whatever is needed.
    • But no one was calling for a penalty when Pryce came out of nowhere to collect the ball, swerve round the last man and dive over between the sticks.
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