Definition of diverge in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈvərj/
Pronunciation: /dīˈvərj/


[no object]
1(Of a road, route, or line) separate from another route, especially a main one, and go in a different direction.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: di·verge

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