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verb (used without object), di·va·gat·ed, di·va·gat·ing.
  1. to wander; stray.
  2. to digress in speech.
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Origin of divagate

1590–1600; < Latin dīvagātus (past participle of dīvagārī to wander off), equivalent to dī- di-2 + vag- (stem of vagārī to wander) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsdi·va·ga·tion, noun
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Historical Examples

  • But I divagate; and all this sits in the bosom of the publisher.

    The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • But when they had sat down, Julius was little inclined to divagate into an account of his travels.

    Master of His Fate

    J. Mclaren Cobban

British Dictionary definitions for divagate


  1. (intr) rare to digress or wander
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Derived Formsdivagation, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin di- ² + vagārī to wander
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Word Origin and History for divagate


1590s, from Latin divagatus, past participle of divagari "to wander about," from di(s)- "apart" (see dis-) + vagari "to wander, ramble" (see vague). Related: Divagated; divagating.

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