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diverge

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verb di·verge \də-ˈvərj, dī-\

Simple Definition of diverge

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

  • : to be or become different

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of diverge

diverged

diverging

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 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

  3. 2 :  to turn aside from a path or course :  deviate

  4. 3 :  to be mathematically divergent

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  deflect

Examples of diverge in a sentence

  1. A prism causes rays of light to diverge.

  2. They were close friends in college, but after graduation, their lives diverged.



Origin and Etymology of diverge

Medieval Latin divergere, from Latin dis- + vergere to incline — more at wrench


First Known Use: 1665

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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