verb (used without object), di·va·gat·ed, di·va·gat·ing.

to wander; stray.
to digress in speech.


Nearby words

  1. diuron,
  2. div,
  3. div.,
  4. div. in par. aeq.,
  5. diva,
  6. divagation,
  7. divalent,
  8. divali,
  9. divalproex sodium,
  10. divan

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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British Dictionary definitions for divagate



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

Word Origin for divagate

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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