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

to wander; stray.
to digress in speech.

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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(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 divagation

1550s, noun of action from Latin divagatus, past participle of divagari (see 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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