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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Yet the verdict in the case of former police officer Derek Chauvin now puts scrutiny on promises Biden made as a candidate, as well as areas where his views diverge from some of his allies. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, 21 Apr. 2021 The event is likely to diverge from the past, given coronavirus social distancing precautions, despite most lawmakers being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, 13 Apr. 2021 Where the companies diverge is in their funding approach. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, 23 Dec. 2020 Millions of Americans are deeply concerned about the power and reach of America’s largest tech companies (Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon, etc.), but their concerns often diverge sharply depending on their partisan affiliation. David French, Time, 9 Apr. 2021 The reality is that these terms do not diverge significantly from business as usual. Kendall Hoyt, STAT, 3 Apr. 2021 Even the Green New Deal does not substantively diverge from it. Ben Ehrenreich, The New Republic, 18 Mar. 2021 Eventually, their paths will diverge, and over the course of many hard-fought hours of bloodshed and personal reckonings, Jens and Mike will find themselves in very different positions, personally and symbolically. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2021 Former President Donald Trump, a Republican, backed the idea as a candidate in 2016, but many Republicans diverge from Democrats over what kind of restraints and penalties to put on pharmaceutical companies. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of diverge

1665, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for diverge

borrowed from Latin dīvergere "to proceed in different directions," from dī-, variant before voiced sounds of dis- dis- + vergere "to move downward, slope downward, sink" — more at verge entry 3

Note: The verb dīvergere, attested once in classical Latin, is rare before later medieval and modern Latin, where it appears in scientific and mathematical texts, often as an antonym of convergere "to converge."

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The first known use of diverge was in 1665

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8 Jun 2021

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“Diverge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diverge. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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