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divagate

[ dahy-vuh-geyt ]
/ ˈdaɪ vəˌgeɪt /
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verb (used without object), di·va·gat·ed, di·va·gat·ing.
to wander; stray.
to digress in speech.
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Origin of divagate

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Latin dīvagātus (past participle of dīvagārī “to wander off”), equivalent to dī- di-2 + vag- (stem of vagārī “to wander”) + -ātus -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM divagate

di·va·ga·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for divagate

divagate
/ (ˈdaɪvəˌɡeɪt) /

verb
(intr) rare to digress or wander

Derived forms of divagate

divagation, noun

Word Origin for divagate

C16: from Latin di- ² + vagārī to wander
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