[ dih-gres, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈgrɛs, daɪ- /
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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.
OTHER WORDS FOR digress
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Origin of digress
synonym study for digress
1. See deviate.
OTHER WORDS FROM digressdi·gress·er, noundi·gress·ing·ly, adverbre·di·gress, verb (used without object)
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH digressdigress , diverge
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How to use digress in a sentence
Once his one-track mind got to functioning on a certain objective it seldom digressed.
But I have already digressed too far, and must return to the main issue.Memoirs of Arthur Hamilton, B. A. Of Trinity College, Cambridge|Arthur Christopher Benson
But to return to our former subject, from which we digressed.
"That light you see there straight ahead is in the ranch house," digressed the Indian.Where the Trail Divides|Will Lillibridge
We have already digressed further from our original intention than we ought, and you would have us wander still further away.Statesman|Plato
British Dictionary definitions for digress
/ (daɪˈɡrɛs) /
to depart from the main subject in speech or writing
to wander from one's path or main direction
Derived forms of digressdigresser, noun
Word Origin for digress
C16: from Latin dīgressus turned aside, from dīgredī, from dis- apart + gradī to go
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