- to move, lie, or extend in different directions from a common point; branch off.
- to differ in opinion, character, form, etc.; deviate.
- Mathematics. (of a sequence, series, etc.) to have no unique limit; to have infinity as a limit.
- to turn aside or deviate, as from a path, practice, or plan.
- to deflect or turn aside.
Origin of diverge
1655–65; < Medieval Latin dīvergere, equivalent to Latin dī- di-2 + vergere “to incline”
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1. separate, deviate, fork.
4. See deviate.
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Examples from the Web for diverge
What we call “culture” refers to a broad range of concepts and ideas that overlap and diverge at various points.How Much Does 'Culture' Matter for 'Inner-City' Poverty?
March 20, 2014
The right and left, he contends, diverge not just in opinions but also in thought processes and behavior.David's Book Club: The Republican Brain
March 31, 2012
While interests may diverge these days, the U.S.-Israel alliance is incredibly strong—and there is comfort in that.Why Obama Won't Back a Strike on Iran
February 26, 2012
How difficult was it to structure the season, and how much—if at all—do you diverge from the source material?Game of Thrones’ Creative Gurus
August 29, 2011
And it is here that the interests of the president and his legislative troops may diverge.How to Stop the Bleeding
November 4, 2010
You are to follow them when you can, you know, and diverge from them whenever you must.Paul Gosslett's Confessions in Love, Law, and The Civil Service
Charles James Lever
Should it diverge widely from this, then it is likely some mischief is at work.The Physical Life of Woman:
Dr. George H Napheys
Big Otter was to go with them part of the way, and then diverge into the wilderness.The Big Otter
Warder and his companion did not require to diverge in order to follow these tracks.The Red Man's Revenge
As I must do so too, I shall probably not diverge far from them.The Life of Cicero
- to separate or cause to separate and go in different directions from a point
- (intr) to be at variance; differour opinions diverge
- (intr) to deviate from a prescribed course
- (intr) maths (of a series or sequence) to have no limit
C17: from Medieval Latin dīvergere, from Latin di- ² + vergere to turn
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Word Origin and History for diverge
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