[dih-vurj, dahy-]

verb (used without object), di·verged, di·verg·ing.

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.

verb (used with object), di·verged, di·verg·ing.

to deflect or turn aside.

Origin of diverge

1655–65; < Medieval Latin dīvergere, equivalent to Latin dī- di-2 + vergere “to incline”
Related formsnon·di·verg·ing, adjectiveun·di·verg·ing, adjective
Can be confuseddigress divergediverge diverse

Synonyms for diverge

Synonym study

4. See deviate.
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Examples from the Web for diverged

Historical Examples of diverged

  • The footprints extended for about a quarter of a mile, and then diverged to the west.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

  • Again and again she stopped and snuffed, diverged a little, and went on.

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

  • From this point the history of the Southwest diverged from that of the Northwest.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • His route was such that it diverged gradually from that taken by the prowler.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

  • We have already said that these three had diverged towards the river.

British Dictionary definitions for diverged



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

Word Origin for diverge

C17: from Medieval Latin dīvergere, from Latin di- ² + vergere to turn
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Word Origin and History for diverged



1660s, from Modern Latin divergere "go in different directions," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + vergere "to bend, turn" (see verge (v.)). Originally a term in optics; the figurative sense is 19c. Related: Diverged; diverging.

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