digress

[ dih-gres, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈgrɛs, daɪ- /

verb (used without object)

to deviate or wander away from the main topic or purpose in speaking or writing; depart from the principal line of argument, plot, study, etc.
Archaic. to turn aside.

Origin of digress

1520–30; < Latin dīgressus, past participle of dīgredī “to go off, depart, digress,” equivalent to dī- di-2 + -gredī, combining form of gradī “to go”; cf. grade

Related forms

di·gress·er, noundi·gress·ing·ly, adverbre·di·gress, verb (used without object)

Can be confused

digress diverge

Synonym study

1. See deviate.
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British Dictionary definitions for digress

digress

/ (daɪˈɡrɛs) /

verb (intr)

to depart from the main subject in speech or writing
to wander from one's path or main direction

Derived Forms

digresser, noun

Word Origin for digress

C16: from Latin dīgressus turned aside, from dīgredī, from dis- apart + gradī to go
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