De"vi*ate (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Deviated (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Deviating (?).] [L. deviare to deviate; de + viare to go, travel, via way. See Viaduct.]

To go out of the way; to turn aside from a course or a method; to stray or go astray; to err; to digress; to diverge; to vary.

Thus Pegasus, a nearer way to take, May boldly deviate from the common track. Pope.

Syn. -- To swerve; stray; wander; digress; depart; deflect; err.


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De"vi*ate, v. t.

To cause to deviate.


To deviate a needle. J. D. Forbes.


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