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deviate

verb [I] uk   /ˈdiː.vi.eɪt/ us  

deviate verb [I] (BEHAVIOUR)

to do something that is different from the usual or common way of behaving: The recent pattern of weather deviates from the norm for this time of year.Being and appearing different

deviate verb [I] (DIRECTION)

to go in a different direction: The path follows the river closely, occasionally deviating round a clump of trees.Changing direction
deviation
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌdiː.viˈeɪ.ʃən/ us  
Any deviation from the party's faith is seen as betrayal.Change and changes
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