Word of the day, 9th March 2015
A quick one for today:
Deviate /ˈdiːvɪˌeɪt/ (verb) To differ or diverge; to turn aside. Or to cause (someone or something) to do any of these.
“I had to deviate to avoid the traffic jam.”
“Don’t deviate from the topic of your presentation.”
The noun or adjective, spelled the same but pronounced /ˈdiːvɪət/, is an old-fashioned word for a “deviant” /ˈdiːvɪənt/, which is someone who “deviates from what is considered to be acceptable behaviour.“