[dih-gres, dahy-]
verb (used without object)
to deviate or wander away from the main topic or purpose in speaking or writing; depart from the principal line of argument, plot, study, etc.
Archaic. to turn aside.

1520–30; < Latin dīgressus, past participle of dīgredī to go off, depart, digress, equivalent to dī- di-2 + -gredī, combining form of gradī to go; cf. grade

digresser, noun
digressingly, adverb
redigress, verb (used without object)

digress, diverge, diverse.

1. ramble, stray. See deviate.
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digress (daɪˈɡrɛs)
1.  to depart from the main subject in speech or writing
2.  to wander from one's path or main direction
[C16: from Latin dīgressus turned aside, from dīgredī, from dis- apart + gradī to go]

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Word Origin & History

1520s, from L. digress-, pp. stem of digredi "to go aside, depart" (see digression). Related: Digressed; digressing.
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Example sentences
But they have allowed society to progress (or digress, based on your
  perspective) to where we are today.
Let me digress one further moment.
But we cannot digress in that direction.
But we digress from the entertaining mudslinging at hand.
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