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[dih-gres, dahy-] /dɪˈgrɛs, daɪ-/
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.
Origin of digress
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.
1. ramble, stray. See deviate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for digressing
  • Maybe he had his wires crossed, after digressing into the topic of baseball during his pre-game press conference.
  • Without digressing further, my point is that mind altering chemicals can prove completely unpredictable.
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  • Discussions stayed on target rather than digressing to off topic subjects.
  • When talking with the attorney, avoid digressing from the problem or rambling.
  • digressing a bit here, you will notice that my delegation there are more whites than blacks.
  • Our discussion digressed the same way that this discussion is digressing, what is the nature of the axes.
  • And this is only slightly digressing, but it's a little bit of a question on behalf of songwriters.
British Dictionary definitions for digressing


verb (intransitive)
to depart from the main subject in speech or writing
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 digressing



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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