AskDefine | Define deviate

Dictionary Definition

deviate n : a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior [syn: pervert, deviant, degenerate]


1 be at variance with; be out of line with [syn: vary, diverge, depart] [ant: conform]
2 turn aside; turn away from [syn: divert]
3 cause to turn away from a previous or expected course; "The river was deviated to prevent flooding"
4 turn aside [syn: deflect]

User Contributed Dictionary



Late deviatus, p.p. of deviare, from the phrase de via.


  • Verb:
    • dē'vēāt, /ˈdiːvieɪt/, /"di:vieIt/
  • Noun:
    • dē'vēət, /ˈdiːviət/, /"di:vi@t/


  1. A person with deviant behaviour; a deviant, degenerate or pervert.
  2. A value equal to the difference between a measured variable factor and a fixed or algorithmic reference value.



  1. To go off course from; to change course; to change plans.
    He's deviating from the course. Follow him!
  2. To fall outside of, or part from, some norm; to stray.



To go off course from; to change course; to change plans
To fall outside of, or part from, some norm; to stray

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Extensive Definition

A deviation is a difference or the (real or metaphorical) route followed by a different choice.
Deviation can refer to:
Deviates is also the name of an American punk rock band.
deviate in German: Deviation
deviate in Norwegian: Deviasjon
deviate in Polish: Dewiacja
deviate in Russian: Девиация
deviate in Slovak: Deviácia

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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