Definition of swerve verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

swerve

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verb
BrE BrE//swɜːv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//swɜːrv//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they swerve
BrE BrE//swɜːv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//swɜːrv//
 
he / she / it swerves
BrE BrE//swɜːvz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//swɜːrvz//
 
past simple swerved
BrE BrE//swɜːvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//swɜːrvd//
 
past participle swerved
BrE BrE//swɜːvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//swɜːrvd//
 
-ing form swerving
BrE BrE//ˈswɜːvɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɜːrvɪŋ//
 
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(especially of a vehicle) to change direction suddenly, especially in order to avoid hitting somebody/something She swerved sharply to avoid a cyclist. The bus suddenly swerved into his path. The ball swerved into the net. See related entries: Driving Word Origin Old English sweorfan ‘depart, leave, turn aside’, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch swerven ‘to stray’.Extra examples A lorry suddenly swerved into her path. The car swerved sharply to avoid the bus. The car veered out of control and swerved across the road. The vehicle swerved off the road.

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