di·​ver·​gent | \ də-ˈvər-jənt How to pronounce divergent (audio) , dī- \

Definition of divergent

1a : moving or extending in different directions from a common point : diverging from each other divergent paths
b : differing from each other or from a standard the divergent interests of capital and labor
2 mathematics : relating to or being an infinite (see infinite entry 1 sense 4c) sequence that does not have a limit or an infinite series whose partial sums do not have a limit
3 physics : causing rays (see ray entry 2 sense 1b) to draw apart from a common center : causing divergence of rays a divergent lens

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different, diverse, divergent, disparate, various mean unlike in kind or character. different may imply little more than separateness but it may also imply contrast or contrariness. different foods diverse implies both distinctness and marked contrast. such diverse interests as dancing and football divergent implies movement away from each other and unlikelihood of ultimate meeting or reconciliation. went on to pursue divergent careers disparate emphasizes incongruity or incompatibility. disparate notions of freedom various stresses the number of sorts or kinds. tried various methods

Examples of divergent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But tapestry cards are also wildly divergent in their effects. Dan Thurot, Ars Technica, "Tapestry: Has the mythical “2-hour civ-building board game” arrived?," 16 Nov. 2019 The Buckeyes and Tigers played wildly divergent schedules in 2019. Cameron Dasilva, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Fiesta Bowl: Clemson vs. Ohio State odds, picks and best bets," 28 Dec. 2019 But The Morning Show, rather than springing, Athenalike, from the cranium of a writer with a headache, was patched together out of divergent ideas like a Boris Karloff monster. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "What Went Wrong With The Morning Show?," 21 Dec. 2019 The two men represented divergent theological traditions and were divided over the church’s future. BostonGlobe.com, "Johann Baptist Metz, one of the most influential Roman Catholic theologians of the 20th century and a pioneer of Jewish-Christian dialogue in the aftermath of the Holocaust, died Dec. 2 in Münster, Germany. He was 91.," 12 Dec. 2019 The divergent strategies are one factor that could explain the differing results, at least so far. Shannon Pettypiece, NBC News, "Trump chucks Clinton's impeachment playbook," 8 Dec. 2019 Of course, things ended because of more than just that – every long-term relationship has its host of issues – but the main fracture in our bond was our divergent cultures. Umber Bhatti, Teen Vogue, ""Hala" Has Created a Fiery Debate Around Muslim Representation in Film," 6 Dec. 2019 So what explains these two armed forces’ divergent attitudes toward bad behavior? Dwight Stirling, The Conversation, "Why the US military usually punishes misconduct but police often close ranks," 6 Dec. 2019 Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play themselves, two funnymen with divergent careers. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The best TV shows of the decade," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of divergent

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for divergent

Latin divergent-, divergens, present participle of divergere

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The first known use of divergent was in 1696

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2 Jan 2020

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“Divergent.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divergent. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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