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digress

[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

Synonym study

1. See deviate.
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British Dictionary definitions for digresses

digress

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

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

digress

v.

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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