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[dih-gres, dahy-]
verb (used without object)
  1. 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.
  2. Archaic. to turn aside.
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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 formsdi·gress·er, noundi·gress·ing·ly, adverbre·di·gress, verb (used without object)
Can be confuseddigress diverge

Synonyms for digress

Synonym study

1. See deviate.
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Related Words for digressed

meander, swerve, depart, ramble, veer, drift, divagate, roam, wander

Examples from the Web for digressed

Historical Examples of digressed

  • But I have digressed inordinately, and must get back to Auckland forthwith.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)

    William Delisle Hay

  • And now, if you please, let us return to the point of the argument at which we digressed.



  • But I have digressed and will proceed to finish Government Street.

  • Then he digressed again, this time without a trace of humour.

    The Brentons

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • And now I will return to the main history from which I have digressed.

British Dictionary definitions for digressed


verb (intr)
  1. to depart from the main subject in speech or writing
  2. to wander from one's path or main direction
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Derived Formsdigresser, noun

Word Origin for digress

C16: from Latin dīgressus turned aside, from dīgredī, from dis- apart + gradī to go
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Word Origin and History for digressed



1520s, from Latin digressus, past participle of digredi "to go aside, depart" (see digression), or perhaps a back-formation from digression. Related: Digressed; digressing.

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