diverge

verb
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.

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Markets and economic data frequently diverge; the stock market has predicted nine of the last five recessions, the old joke goes. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Powell’s Bet: The Data Is Right, the Market Is Wrong," 19 Dec. 2018 But the Kochs diverge from Trump on his execution and governance. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: The GOP puts the Kochs on ice," 4 Aug. 2018 Two roads diverge in a Twitter wood There are effectively two ways to delete your tweets. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Delete All Your Tweets," 2 Aug. 2018 Its figures frequently diverge from the government’s report. BostonGlobe.com, "EU warns Trump it won’t negotiate under trade tariffs threat," 3 May 2018 The Swiss’s historic relationship to their arms as members of a standing militia, their motives for keeping them, and the regulations around them diverge from the American experience. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Switzerland has lots of guns. But its gun culture takes different path from US.," 7 Mar. 2018 Within the Internet, Ralph and Vanellope have to square away a painful reality: how friendships inevitably change when life goals diverge. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Wreck-It Ralph 2 review: Everything we wish Ready Player One had been," 21 Nov. 2018 History has also shown the stock market dropping precipitously in periods when the weight of the top five stocks in the S&P 500 significantly diverged from the weight of the bottom half of the index. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Stock Market Fights Off Big Tech Stumbles," 29 July 2018 Afterwards, their salaries diverge, leaving women with earnings up to 20 percent less over the course of their careers, per Vox. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry Should Take an Extended Paternity Leave," 5 Apr. 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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diverge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of diverge

formal
: to split and move out in different directions from a single point
: to be or become different

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