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.

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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

synonym study for digress

1. See deviate.

OTHER WORDS FROM digress

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH digress

digress , diverge
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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 of digress

digresser, noun

Word Origin for digress

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