divergent

adjective
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

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The Baker administration says the much smaller Hynes, built in 1963, and the BCEC, completed in 2002, have taken divergent paths in terms of financial success. BostonGlobe.com, "Governor Charlie Baker has revived plans to expand the massive Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston, and wants to help pay for it by selling the state-owned Hynes Convention Center in the Back Bay.," 17 Sep. 2019 Flashbacks went to the Loons’ horrific 6-1 loss to Atlanta in the first MLS game in Minnesota in 2017, a lopsided affair that set the divergent courses. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Minnesota United falls 2-1 to Atlanta in U.S. Open Cup final," 27 Aug. 2019 Despite divergent approaches in Yemen, the Saudi-UAE alliance remains intact. Tim Lister, CNN, "Cracks are appearing in the Mideast's most important alliance. That's bad news for Trump," 22 Aug. 2019 Zillow and Redfin have taken divergent approaches to expanding of their iBuyer programs. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Why Zillow and Redfin’s soaring revenue doesn’t mean home flipping success," 8 Aug. 2019 Towson parade spectators offered divergent theories about the evolving feel of the day. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "Fourth of July parade spectators bemoan political tone of a holiday that has grown ‘more complicated’," 4 July 2019 Royal aides said the decision was a mutual one between all four royals, as the couples are on divergent paths. Max Foster, CNN, "Meghan and Harry split from joint charity with William and Kate," 20 June 2019 Gunlock said the competing and often-divergent interests of the governor, board and legislature can create problems for districts. Patrick O'donnell, cleveland.com, "Helping students? Or power grab? Governor would take power from elected state school board members in merger," 15 Feb. 2018 But Putin began clashing with Khodorkovsky once the latter started publicly expressing divergent political views and hinting at state corruption. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Citizen K': Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 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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