verb di·verge \də-ˈvərj, dī-\

: to split and move out in different directions from a single point

: to be or become different


Full Definition of DIVERGE

intransitive verb
a :  to move or extend in different directions from a common point :  draw apart <diverging roads>
b :  to become or be different in character or form :  differ in opinion
:  to turn aside from a path or course :  deviate
:  to be mathematically divergent
transitive verb
:  deflect

Examples of DIVERGE

  1. A prism causes rays of light to diverge.
  2. They were close friends in college, but after graduation, their lives diverged.

Origin of DIVERGE

Medieval Latin divergere, from Latin dis- + vergere to incline — more at wrench
First Known Use: 1665

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Synonym Discussion of DIVERGE

swerve, veer, deviate, depart, digress, diverge mean to turn aside from a straight course. swerve may suggest a physical, mental, or moral turning away from a given course, often with abruptness <swerved to avoid hitting the dog>. veer implies a major change in direction <at that point the path veers to the right>. deviate implies a turning from a customary or prescribed course <never deviated from her daily routine>. depart suggests a deviation from a traditional or conventional course or type <occasionally departs from his own guidelines>. digress applies to a departing from the subject of one's discourse <a professor prone to digress>. diverge may equal depart but usually suggests a branching of a main path into two or more leading in different directions <after school their paths diverged>.


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