Definition of diverge in English:

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Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈvəːdʒ/
Pronunciation: /dɪˈvəːdʒ/


[no object]
1(Of a road, route, or line) separate from another route and go in a different direction: the flight path diverged from the original flight plan figurative their ways had diverged at university
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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, disunite, fork, branch off, divide, subdivide, split, go in different directions, go separate ways
technical bifurcate, divaricate, ramify
1.1(Of an opinion, theory, or approach) differ: the coverage by the columnists diverged from that in the main news stories (as adjective diverging) diverging concepts of nation-building
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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 unlike, be dissimilar;
disagree, be at variance, be at odds, be incompatible, come into conflict, conflict, clash
1.2 (diverge from) Depart 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, swerve, turn away, turn aside, branch off, drift, stray;
ramble, wander, meander, maunder;
get sidetracked, stray from the point, get off the subject
rare divagate
1.3Develop in a different direction: English Gothic architecture began to diverge from that on the Continent
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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.
2 Mathematics (Of a series) increase indefinitely as more of its 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'.

Words that rhyme with diverge

converge, dirge, emerge, merge, purge, scourge, serge, splurge, spurge, submerge, surge, urge, verge

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