To turn aside from a course or established direction; swerve: veered to the left to avoid a pothole. To deviate from a purpose, behavior, or previous pattern:"a sequence of adventures that veered between tragedy and bleak farce"(Anthony Haden-Guest). See Synonyms at swerve. To shift clockwise in direction, as from north to northeast. Used of the wind. Nautical To change the course of a ship by turning the stern to the wind while advancing to windward; wear ship. To alter the direction of; turn: veered the car sharply to the left. Nautical To change the course of (a ship) by turning the stern windward.