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.
Recent Examples on the Web The brand's fate has increasingly diverged from J Crew, which has lost sales, closed stores and piled up $1.7 billion of debt. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Madewell, J Crew's denim brand, files for an IPO," 13 Sep. 2019 As pressure has mounted, Saudi and Emirati interests in Yemen have openly diverged. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "U.A.E. Pulls Most Forces From Yemen in Blow to Saudi War Effort," 11 July 2019 Days 11-14: Lake Mývatn and the Northern Coast Iceland straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates diverge. National Geographic, "Iceland Expedition: Land of Fire and Ice," 15 Sep. 2019 It is not known though exactly when A. afarensis diverged. Hester Hanegraef, Quartz Africa, "The skull of humanity’s oldest known ancestor is changing our understanding of evolution," 7 Sep. 2019 And when those values diverge, the result is a breach of trust in which consumers rightfully take action. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Equinox and SoulCycle members boycotting gyms over Trump re-election fundraiser," 7 Aug. 2019 And the value of this stock is where the Union-Tribune’s methodology diverges from others. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Union-Tribune calculates CEO pay differently than most, and here’s the reason why," 14 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. 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

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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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3 Nov 2019

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The first known use of diverge was in 1665

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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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