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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 divagation

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 divagation
n.

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

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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