- to move, lie, or extend in different directions from a common point; branch off.
- to differ in opinion, character, form, etc.; deviate.
- Mathematics. (of a sequence, series, etc.) to have no unique limit; to have infinity as a limit.
- to turn aside or deviate, as from a path, practice, or plan.
- to deflect or turn aside.
Origin of diverge
1655–65; < Medieval Latin dīvergere, equivalent to Latin dī- di-2 + vergere “to incline”
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1. separate, deviate, fork.
4. See deviate.
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Examples from the Web for diverged
The footprints extended for about a quarter of a mile, and then diverged to the west.The Field of Ice
Again and again she stopped and snuffed, diverged a little, and went on.Heather and Snow
From this point the history of the Southwest diverged from that of the Northwest.Union and Democracy
His route was such that it diverged gradually from that taken by the prowler.Space Prison
We have already said that these three had diverged towards the river.The Wild Man of the West
- to separate or cause to separate and go in different directions from a point
- (intr) to be at variance; differour opinions diverge
- (intr) to deviate from a prescribed course
- (intr) maths (of a series or sequence) to have no limit
C17: from Medieval Latin dīvergere, from Latin di- ² + vergere to turn
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Word Origin and History for diverged
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