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digress

Synonyms and Antonyms of digress

to speak or write about something that is different from the main subject being discussed
  • He digressed so often that it was hard to follow what he was saying.
  • If I can digress for a moment, I'd like to briefly mention her earlier films.
Synonyms and Near Synonyms of digress

Synonym Discussion of digress

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


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