di·​verge | \ də-ˈvərj How to pronounce diverge (audio) , 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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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Note that the strands are clustered together where the forecast track is most confident but diverge where the course of the storm is less certain. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Tropical storm warnings have been posted for the Northwest Bahamas, while watches are up in Florida.," 13 Sep. 2019 The eels may have diverged from each other after being separated by the development of a major Amazon floodplain more than 3 million years ago, the researchers say. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Newly discovered eel delivers the strongest electric jolt on record," 10 Sep. 2019 Daphne marries at the same time, but then their paths diverge. Susan Dominus, New York Times, "In Love With Language, but Not Necessarily With Each Other," 30 Aug. 2019 Youth sports in the U.S. are diverging according to income -- more middle- and lower-income students quitting athletics while participation among wealthier children is rising. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Game over: Middle-class and poor kids are ditching youth sports," 15 Aug. 2019 The two estimates diverged widely: If valued at $8 a gram, 10 U.S. tons of marijuana would be worth more than $70 million. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Mike Tyson says he burns through $40,000 of marijuana a month at California ranch," 14 Aug. 2019 In the years after the Manson murders, Markham forged his own path — one that diverged from his humble beginnings of charging $5 a haircut in Albuquerque. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Manson Victim's Friend Posits Alternative Motive: "I Never Bought Into the Race War Theory"," 30 July 2019 Note that the strands are clustered together where the forecast track is most confident but diverge where the course of the storm is less certain. Washington Post, "Historic Hurricane Dorian unleashing ‘catastrophic’ blow in northern Bahamas. Hurricane warnings posted for Florida’s east coast.," 3 Sep. 2019 Still, Mattel is looking to break stereotypes associated with its toy franchises like Barbie, and the executives hinted that the big-screen portrayals of its iconic toys could diverge from how they have been represented in the past. Fortune, "Move Over ‘Little Mermaid,’ ‘Barbie’ Movie Will Also Cast Minority Actors, Mattel CEO Says," 15 July 2019

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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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