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(literally or figuratively) To depart from an established path or course
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“You risk getting lost in the wilderness if you deviate from the walking trail.”
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To break an established pattern
“Weather patterns have begun to deviate in the last year or so.”
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(deviate from) To run counter to
“Therefore, to what extent the actual divergence times deviate from those predicted by these models is also of great concern.”
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(deviate from) To fail to conform to a regulation or obligation
“His bizarre behavior would significantly deviate from the company's guidelines for staff conduct.”
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To change the emphasis, direction, or focus of
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To differ strikingly or to be an unsuitable match
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To fail to adhere to the proper or accepted standards
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To alter something from its true state, typically to deceive
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To commit a mistake or error
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Move or act in a dreamy or idle manner
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Adjective
(somewhat dated) Contrary to the rules or standards which are normal or established
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“When differential association serves as the motivation behind consumer misbehavior, the consumer can view deviate behavior as a way to belong to a specific group.”
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(of a person or their actions) Characterized by abnormal and morally unacceptable practices or tendencies
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In an acutely disturbed state of mind characterized by restlessness, illusions, and incoherence
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(sociology) A person with deviant behavior
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“It soon became apparent that our new boss, with his unscrupulous dealings, was somewhat of a deviate.”
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