aberrate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin aberrātus, perfect passive participle of aberrō (wander, stray or deviate from), formed from ab (from, away from) + errō (stray).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

aberrate (third-person singular simple present aberrates, present participle aberrating, simple past and past participle aberrated)

  1. (intransitive) To go astray; to diverge; to deviate (from); deviate from. [mid 18the century][1]
    • (Can we date this quote?) De Quincey
      Their own defective and aberrating vision.
  2. (transitive) To distort; to cause aberration of. [late 19th century][1]

Usage notes[edit]

  • The transitive sense is chiefly used in the past tense (as aberrated).

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 4

Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

aberrate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of aberrare
  2. second-person plural imperative of aberrare
  3. feminine plural of aberrato

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

aberrāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of aberrō