di·verge | \ də-ˈvərj , dī- \
diverged; diverging

Definition of diverge 

intransitive verb

1a : 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 The friends' lives diverged after graduation. : differ in opinion This is where our views diverge.

2 : to turn aside from a path or course : deviate diverge from a direct path

3 mathematics : to be divergent (see divergent sense 2)

transitive verb

: deflect diverge a compass needle

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Synonyms & Antonyms for diverge


branch (out), divide, fork, part, separate, spread


converge, join

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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

Examples of diverge in a Sentence

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

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But one is that welfare states have often diverged from the liberal principles that underpinned them. The Economist, "Capitalism needs a welfare state to survive," 12 July 2018 The report is another example of how the Senate Intelligence Committee has diverged from its House counterpart. Chris Megerian, Anchorage Daily News, "Senate panel backs up intelligence agencies, says Russia aimed to help Trump in election," 4 July 2018 The software feeds some training images into the network, generates an output image, and then observes how much this image diverged from the expected result. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Google researchers created an amazing scene-rendering AI," 29 June 2018 In his comments on Wednesday, Corker said his party has diverged from its traditional values, particularly on trade. NBC News, "Republican Sen. Bob Corker calls GOP 'cultish' and 'fearful' under Trump," 13 June 2018 Bush’s predecessors didn’t leave behind a manual for what to do after office, and their post-presidential paths diverged widely. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "George H.W. Bush makes history by celebrating his 94th birthday," 12 June 2018 Earlier this week, José spoke with his parents for the first time since their lives had diverged. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "‘It’s Horrendous’: The Heartache of a Migrant Boy Taken From His Father," 7 June 2018 The starting pitchers drew the attention, two men once college teammates and can't miss prospects who've since diverged on dissimilar paths of professional baseball. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Walkoff homer sends Indians over Astros in 14th inning," 27 May 2018 The show explores how people and the world can diverge over three decades if new events are introduced in their lives. Gregory Ellwood, latimes.com, "It gets complicated on 'Counterpart' but worth the effort, says J.K. Simmons," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of diverge

1665, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for diverge

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

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English Language Learners Definition of diverge

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

: to be or become different

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