Definition of digress in English:

digress

Line breaks: di|gress
Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈgrɛs
 
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verb

[no object]
  • Leave the main subject temporarily in speech or writing: I have digressed a little from my original plan
    More example sentences
    • However, I am digressing from the main point that I am trying to put across in this letter, which is the attitude of most Namibians when it comes to criticism.
    • I know I digressed from the subject of the article.
    • They loved him even more when he digressed from his prepared speech to intervene in domestic British politics.
    Synonyms
    deviate, go off at a tangent, diverge, turn aside, turn away, depart, drift, stray, ramble, wander, meander, maunder; get off the subject, stray from the subject, stray from the point, deviate from the topic, get sidetracked, lose the thread
    rare divagate

Derivatives

digresser

noun
More example sentences
  • As it was not seen as an ethical stand or a virtue, there were few digressers from its path.
  • Plus, I'm a rambler and digresser even if there isn't much to say.
  • He is also a world-champion digresser, sending out long skeins of words, which bend back and dissolve into the previous ones.

Origin

early 16th century: from Latin digress- 'stepped away', from the verb digredi, from di- 'aside' + gradi 'to walk'.

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