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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: virer


veer [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
1 to change direction
A tanker driver died when his lorry veered off the motorway.
Follow the path and veer left after 400m.
The wind was veering north.
2 if opinions, ideas, attitudes etc veer in a particular direction, they gradually change and become quite different:
This latest proposal appears to veer in the direction of Democratic ideals.
The conversation veered back to politics.

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