(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. deflect, digress, swerve, shy, vary, wander, stray, turn aside, veer, bear off, go out of control, divagate, depart from, break the pattern, go amiss, err, angle away, angle off, diverge, leave the beaten path, not conform, break bounds, get off the subject, edge off, go out of the way, cut back, cut across, fly off on a tangent, go off on a tangent, go haywire, sing a different tune, march to a different drummer, swim against the stream; see also differ 1 .
Ant. conform*, keep on, keep in line.
Syn.- deviate suggests a turning aside, often to only a slight degree, from the correct or prescribed course, standard, doctrine, etc. [ to deviate from the truth ] ; swerve implies a sudden or sharp turning from a path, course, etc. [ the car swerved to avoid hitting us ] ; veer , originally used of wind and ships, suggests a turning or series of turnings so as to change direction; diverge suggests the branching of a single path or course into two courses leading away from each other [ stay to the left when the road diverges] ; digress suggests a wandering, often deliberate and temporary, from the main topic in speaking or writing
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
diverge, turn aside, veer, depart, stray, drift, wander, swerve, part, meander, err, detour, digress.
ANT.: follow the straight and narrow, stay on course
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To turn away from a prescribed course of action or conduct: depart, digress, diverge, stray, swerve, veer. Archaic: err. See APPROACH, CORRECT. 2. To turn aside, especially from the main subject in writing or speaking: digress, divagate, diverge, ramble, stray, wander. Idiom: go off at (or on) a tangent. See APPROACH. 3. To change the direction or course of: avert, deflect, divert, pivot, shift, swing, turn, veer. See CHANGE. II noun One whose sexual behavior differs from the accepted norm: deviant, pervert. See USUAL, SEX.

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