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Nov
23
2015

deviate

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intransitive verb
definition 1:  to turn away from a direct or prescribed course.
example:  The rocket deviated from its charted path.

definition 2:  to stray from typical, predicted, or average behavior.
example:  He deviated from his usual routine on this particular morning.
example:  This school deviates from national norms with respect to test scores–the scores here are much higher.

transitive verb
definition:  to cause to turn away from a prescribed course.
example:  Our plane was deviated to Detroit because of fog in Chicago.

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