di·ver·gent | \ -jənt \

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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divergently adverb

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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

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Central banks in Europe on Thursday signaled different outlooks toward rate increases, suggesting the divergent paths of the world’s largest central banks are gripping smaller ones too. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Central Banks Go Their Separate Ways," 21 June 2018 While Murphy and legislative leaders had always agreed on spending priorities, the problem has been how to pay for it all, with widely divergent preferences for new revenue. Maddie Hanna, Philly.com, "N.J. leaders reach budget deal, avert government shutdown," 30 June 2018 The often conflicting motivations of U.S. voters in Tuesday’s elections seem emblematic of where the nation stands at 2018’s turbulent midpoint, as the country’s two major parties continue on starkly divergent roads toward November midterms. Washington Post, "Immigration tops conflicting motivations for primary voters," 28 June 2018 That modest gain masks the widely divergent scenarios among different segments of the market: High-heel sales dropped 12 percent, while those for sport-leisure shoes climbed 16 percent, according to NPD Group. Sandrine Rastello, BostonGlobe.com, "Comfier shoes appear here to stay: Sneakers trend upends shoe retail," 30 May 2018 The divergent results regarding Trump and the Republican Party have been borne out in recent special elections. Bloomberg.com, "Trump Approval Ticks Up Yet New Poll Shows No Coattails for GOP," 18 Mar. 2018 They are rarely exposed to the sort of divergent systems on show at the World Cup. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "The Premier League’s World Cup Takeover," 8 July 2018 The filings of the six remaining candidates in the June 26 primary for the nomination to challenge Gov. Larry Hogan reflect the divergent strategies adopted by their campaigns. Michael Dresser, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Democratic gubernatorial campaigns diverge on media strategies," 16 June 2018 South African artist Cameron Platter has one of those careers that could exist only in the globalized, digitized art world of our times: diffuse in sensibility, divergent in practice, predicated on the image saturation of the everyday. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Marvelous or maddening? In Cameron Platter's show, it depends on which way you face," 4 June 2018

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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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