Definition of diverge in English:


Syllabification: di·verge
Pronunciation: /diˈvərj, dī-


[no object]
  • 1(Of a road, route, or line) separate from another route, especially a main one, and go in a different direction.
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    • The airport is west of the city beyond the junction where the Glasgow and Fife lines diverge.
    • Starting six or seven years ago, these two lines diverged dramatically: The volume of imports soared, while export growth leveled off.
    • Solzhenitsyn talks about ‘the great fork of camp life’ where two roads diverge.
    separate, part, fork, divide, split, bifurcate, go in different directions
  • 1.1Develop in a different direction: howler and spider monkeys diverged from a common ancestor
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    • So depending on how it gets handled, the stable/developer strands could diverge immediately.
    • It is only after about the sixth week that male - female developments diverge.
    • A recent further analysis reveals that the diverging development between these two groups is, in fact, even more explicit later on.
  • 1.2(Of an opinion, theory, approach, etc.) differ markedly: the coverage by the columnists diverged from that in the main news stories (as adjective diverging) studies from different viewpoints yield diverging conclusions
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    • Although not thoroughly tested in the courts at the time of writing, legal opinion diverges widely on these questions.
    • Our experiences and opinions diverge in areas and on issues I consider most important to the larger ‘body politic.’
    • Today's offering suggests two issues where our opinions diverge.
    differ, be different, be dissimilar; disagree, be at variance, be at odds, conflict, clash
  • 1.3Deviate from a set course or standard: suddenly he diverged from his text
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    • I diverged from the newspaper standard of never changing a quote.
    • Nevertheless, slang items often diverge from standard usage in predictable ways, especially by generalization and melioration.
    • Of course, one must know the direct trajectory to diverge from it, and one must know where the orbit is to be able to go off it.
    deviate, digress, depart, veer, stray; stray from the point, get off the subject
  • 2 Mathematics (Of a series) increase indefinitely as more terms are added.
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    • For this series, it also gives a sum if t = 1, but as soon as t>1, the series diverges.
    • He gave an example of a trigonometric series which diverged at every point, yet its coefficients tended to zero.
    • There we have an intuitive reason for believing that the harmonic series diverges.


mid 17th century: from medieval Latin divergere, from Latin dis- 'in two ways' + vergere 'to turn or incline'.

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