verb \dī-ˈgres, də-\

: to speak or write about something that is different from the main subject being discussed

Full Definition of DIGRESS

intransitive verb
:  to turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument

Examples of DIGRESS

  1. He digressed so often that it was hard to follow what he was saying.
  2. If I can digress for a moment, I'd like to briefly mention her earlier films.
  3. The third visit, the first one after I started the drugs, is shorter, more perfunctory than the first two. Papakostas moves briskly from one question to the next and looks at his watch if we digress. —Gary Greenberg, Harper's, May 2007

Origin of DIGRESS

Latin digressus, past participle of digredi, from dis- + gradi to step — more at grade
First Known Use: 1529


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