Definition of divagate in English:

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divagate

Pronunciation: /ˈdʌɪvəɡeɪt/

verb

[no object] literary
Stray or digress: Yeats divagated into Virgil’s territory only once
More example sentences
  • Willpower he was not acquainted with, lest he would have divagated from his fated path long ago.
  • Well, that seemed to be as good a target to divagate towards as any, so he set off for it.
  • Others have divagated at length on the accuracy of these particular statements, and I will leave that task to them.

Derivatives

divagation

Pronunciation: /dʌɪvəˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • The first sentence, with unnecessary sub-clauses and other literary divagations, is less than Orwellian in its intent.
  • Psych influences are revealed in their lyrics: ‘His season in the Zensong there's a tiny smell of divagation, now.’
  • If it sounds all over the place, it is, but because Brakes couch their divagations in directness and simplicity, it all hangs together.

Origin

Late 16th century: from Latin divagat- 'wandered about', from the verb divagari, from di- 'widely' + vagari 'wander'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: di¦va|gate

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