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Definition of veer verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they veer
    he / she / it veers
    past simple veered
    -ing form veering
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  1. 1[intransitive] + adv./prep. (especially of a vehicle) to change direction suddenly synonym swerve The bus veered onto the wrong side of the road. It is still not clear why the missile veered off course.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. (of a conversation or way of behaving or thinking) to change in the way it develops The debate veered away from the main topic of discussion. His emotions veered between fear and anger.
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. (technology) (of the wind) to change direction The wind veered to the west.
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