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divagate

[dahy-vuh-geyt] /ˈdaɪ vəˌgeɪt/
verb (used without object), divagated, divagating.
1.
to wander; stray.
2.
to digress in speech.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin dīvagātus (past participle of dīvagārī to wander off), equivalent to dī- di-2 + vag- (stem of vagārī to wander) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
divagation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for divagate

divagate

/ˈdaɪvəˌɡeɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (rare) to digress or wander
Derived Forms
divagation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin di-² + vagārī to wander
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Word Origin and History for divagate
v.

1590s, from Latin divagatus, past participle of divagari "to wander about," from di(s)- "apart" (see dis-) + vagari "to wander, ramble" (see vague). Related: Divagated; divagating.

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