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[dahy-vuh-geyt] /ˈdaɪ vəˌgeɪt/
verb (used without object), divagated, divagating.
to wander; stray.
to digress in speech.
Origin of divagate
1590-1600; < Latin dīvagātus (past participle of dīvagārī to wander off), equivalent to dī- di-2 + vag- (stem of vagārī to wander) + -ātus -ate1
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divagation, noun Unabridged
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  • He had an unconquerable and sometimes very irritating habit of digression, of divagation, of aside.

  • In his finest passages, as in his most trivial, he is at the mercy of the will-o'-the-wisp of divagation.

  • That ended the Russian divagation, and it had the effect of making the table-talk impersonal.

    A Romance in Transit Francis Lynde
  • One would like to have Mr. Arnold's reply to this divagation on Don Quixote.

  • With such hints for divagation, let us resume our way down the river, henceforth navigable by barges and bridled by locks.

    Surrey A.R. Hope Moncrieff
  • They are not very easy to select from, for their author's singular tendency to divagation affects them.

    A Letter Book George Saintsbury
British Dictionary definitions for divagation


(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 divagation

1550s, noun of action from Latin divagatus, past participle of divagari (see divagate).



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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