diverge

verb
di·​verge | \ də-ˈvərj, 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.

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However, the series has also diverged wildly from the book (the two are basically ignoring each other at this point), so there’s not much to go on in terms of canon. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "'Killing Eve' Season Two Finally Has a Release Date. Here's Everything We Know.," 5 Jan. 2019 All aircraft have a minimum takeoff speed, and that number wildly diverges depending on the aircraft’s design and takeoff weight. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Releases Explanation for April's F-22 Belly Flop Accident," 19 Nov. 2018 As the eye moves from left to right, there comes a moment when something changes; the colors diverge. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump scores on his own goal," 16 July 2018 These diverging traits have posed a puzzle for evolutionary biologists: Did the common ancestor of all living mammals, like Afrotherians and female mammals, kept its valuable reproductive organs inside its abdomen? Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The Earliest Mammals Kept Their Cool With Descended Testicles," 28 June 2018 Our fights over social media touched on all that was wrong with our relationship: the misunderstandings, the diverging interests, the insecurity and professional jealousy. Shaunacy Ferro, The Cut, "I Unfollowed My Boyfriend on Twitter to Save Our Relationship," 26 June 2018 For a moment their careers aligned, and then diverged again. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "Lesley Manville Has Waited Long Enough," 16 May 2018 What accounts for the diverging fates of the two cities? Rob Wile, miamiherald, "Miami-Dade incomes are now below where they were in 1970 | Miami Herald," 11 May 2018 With the industries' diverging trajectories, weed may be poised to take the mantle as the larger industry. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Cannabis sales forecast suggests it may surpass soda by 2030," 4 Apr. 2018

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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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diverge

verb

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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