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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.

deviate verb [I] (DIRECTION)

to go in a different direction: The path follows the river closely, occasionally deviating around a clump of trees.
deviation
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌdiː.viˈeɪ.ʃən/ us  
Any deviation from the party philosophy is seen as betrayal.
Translations of “deviate”
in Spanish desviarse…
in French s’écarter…
in German abweichen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 行為, 脫離, 出格,違背規則…
in Russian отклоняться…
in Turkish yoldan çıkmak, sapmak, farklı bir yöne gitmek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 行为, 脱离, 出格,违背规则…
in Polish zbaczać, odbiegać…
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