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Pronunciation: /swɜːrv; swɜːv/

Translation of swerve in Spanish:

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 (change direction) [vehicle/driver/horse] virar bruscamente, dar* un viraje brusco, dar* un volantazo (Mexico/México) ; [ball] ir* con efecto; [footballer] fintar, quebrar* 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.
    1.2 (deviate) [literary/literario] desviarse* I shall not swerve from my purpose [literary/literario] no me desviaré de mi propósito, no cejaré en mi propósito [literary/literario]

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • [vehicle] hacer* virar bruscamente


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