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[dih-vurj, dahy-] /dɪˈvɜrdʒ, daɪ-/
verb (used without object), diverged, diverging.
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.
verb (used with object), diverged, diverging.
to deflect or turn aside.
Origin of diverge
1655-65; < Medieval Latin dīvergere, equivalent to Latin dī- di-2 + vergere “to incline”
Related forms
nondiverging, adjective
undiverging, adjective
Can be confused
digress, diverge.
diverge, diverse.
1. separate, deviate, fork.
Synonym Study
4. See deviate. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • They presently came pouring toward her, diverged westward, and massed at the base of a butte rising from a dry arroyo.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • We have already said that these three had diverged towards the river.

    The Wild Man of the West R.M. Ballantyne
  • As the road to Jooneer diverged widely from that to Poona, she was asked no questions about the war.

  • The footprints extended for about a quarter of a mile, and then diverged to the west.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • They were in a circular cavern from which three other tunnels like the one they had passed through, diverged.

  • His route was such that it diverged gradually from that taken by the prowler.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • Nothing that Lincoln's idealism ever proposed ever diverged from the bounds of the original fiat creating all men equal and free.

  • They diverged to pay a visit on the way to the Cunninghams at Lahore.

  • Lastly comes the negro race, which has been separated a much longer time from the common stock from which man has diverged.

  • Heriot diverged into allusions which advanced the position not at all.

    One Man's View Leonard Merrick
British Dictionary definitions for diverged


to separate or cause to separate and go in different directions from a point
(intransitive) to be at variance; differ: our opinions diverge
(intransitive) to deviate from a prescribed course
(intransitive) (maths) (of a series or sequence) to have no limit
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin dīvergere, from Latin di-² + vergere to turn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for diverged



1660s, from Modern Latin divergere "go in different directions," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + vergere "to bend, turn" (see verge (v.)). Originally a term in optics; the figurative sense is 19c. Related: Diverged; diverging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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