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digress

[dih-gres, dahy-] /dɪˈgrɛs, daɪ-/
verb (used without object)
1.
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.
2.
Archaic. to turn aside.
Origin
1520-1530
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
Related forms
digresser, noun
digressingly, adverb
redigress, verb (used without object)
Can be confused
digress, diverge, diverse.
Synonyms
1. ramble, stray. See deviate.
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  • It seems the serious scientists have digressed to silliness.
  • Everything else flowed from that, although he digressed by raising some issues that were personal to him as an employee.
  • He had digressed from any intended entry into the premises.
  • Her answers jumped around and often digressed from the point.
British Dictionary definitions for digressed

digress

/daɪˈɡrɛs/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to depart from the main subject in speech or writing
2.
to wander from one's path or main direction
Derived Forms
digresser, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dīgressus turned aside, from dīgredī, from dis- apart + gradī to go
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Word Origin and History for digressed

digress

v.

1520s, from Latin digressus, past participle of digredi "to go aside, depart" (see digression), or perhaps a back-formation from digression. Related: Digressed; digressing.

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