verb di·verge \ də-ˈvərj , dī- \
Updated on: 14 Jan 2018

Definition of diverge

diverged; diverging
intransitive verb
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
  • 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 2)
transitive verb
: deflect
  • diverge a compass needle

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.

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Origin and Etymology of diverge

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

diverge Synonyms

detour, deviate, turn, sheer, swerve, swing, turn off, veer, wheel
converge, join
Related Words
tack, zigzag; double (back), turn back
Near Antonyms
assemble, gather, meet

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

DIVERGE Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of diverge for English Language Learners

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

  • : to be or become different

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