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    What is a word that means "to change or alter a trajectory (usually destiny)"?

    Hello!

    Recently I stumbled on a word - a verb - in the Oxford Dictionary of English with the explanation roughly something along this line:

    "To change or alter a trajectory (of something, especially fate or destiny)"

    But I can't exactly recall how this verb was spelled, so I want to ask if anyone has any idea of which verb it might be that has this specified meaning? I think the verb began with the letter "P" or "R", though I'm not 100% that I remembered correctly in this regard. Thanks for your input!

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    Re: What is a word that means "to change or alter a trajectory (usually destiny)"?

    Since you're unsure of the original definition, maybe the word actually was 'alter'?
    Last edited by J&K Tutoring; 29-Aug-2015 at 03:45. Reason: For Mike

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    Re: What is a word that means "to change or alter a trajectory (usually destiny)"?

    J&K, that word was in the title.

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    Re: What is a word that means "to change or alter a trajectory (usually destiny)"?

    Reshape, but it is not specific to fate or destiny. I wonder why the word trajectory (path) is used.
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    Re: What is a word that means "to change or alter a trajectory (usually destiny)"?

    From the OP: "roughly something along this line"

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    Re: What is a word that means "to change or alter a trajectory (usually destiny)"?

    But he said he did not know the word. How likely is that after he used it in his title?

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    Re: What is a word that means "to change or alter a trajectory (usually destiny)"?

    As likely as any other. I think the OP has subconsciously remembered his word. As a learner with (I presume) a limited vocabulary, it would be easy for him to imagine there must be another word that he doesn't know. My thesaurus doesn't yield a better alternative, and I haven't noticed other responders coming up with much either, other than tedmc's reshape. which is a possibility, but not better than alter for this usage, in my opinion.

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    Re: What is a word that means "to change or alter a trajectory (usually destiny)"?

    Sorry, but your explanation makes no sense to me.

    OP: I'm looking for a word that means change or alter....
    J&K: How about alter?

    BTW, I have noticed that you edited your original response.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 29-Aug-2015 at 05:10. Reason: Added an addenedum

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    Re: What is a word that means "to change or alter a trajectory (usually destiny)"?

    Apology accepted.

    So what's your answer to the OP's question?

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    Re: What is a word that means "to change or alter a trajectory (usually destiny)"?

    No apology was offered. You are backtracking at an amazing rate.

    I haven't spent much time on the OP's question. Obviously you didn't either. May I assume that your second choice would be "change"?

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