v. de·vi·at·ed, de·vi·at·ing, de·vi·ates
1. To turn aside from a course or way: hikers who deviated from the main path.
2. To depart, as from a norm, purpose, or subject; differ or stray. See Synonyms at swerve.
To cause to turn aside or differ.
[Late Latin dēviāre, dēviāt- : Latin dē-, de- + Latin via, road; see wegh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
devi·a·to′ry (-ə-tôr′ē) adj.
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