|Origin:||sweorfan 'to wipe, put away'|
to make a sudden sideways movement while moving forwards, usually in order to avoid hitting something
The car swerved sharply to avoid the dog.
swerve across/off/into etc
The bus swerved off the road.
2 [usually in negatives] formal
to change from an idea, course of action, purpose etc
He would never swerve from the truth.
—swerve noun [countable]