# diverge

## diverge

[dih-vurj, dahy-]
verb (used without object), diverged, diverging.
1.
to move, lie, or extend in different directions from a common point; branch off.
2.
to differ in opinion, character, form, etc.; deviate.
3.
Mathematics. (of a sequence, series, etc.) to have no unique limit; to have infinity as a limit.
4.
to turn aside or deviate, as from a path, practice, or plan.
verb (used with object), diverged, diverging.
5.
to deflect or turn aside.

Origin:
1655–65; < Medieval Latin dīvergere, equivalent to Latin dī- di-2 + vergere to incline

digress, diverge, diverse.

1. separate, deviate, fork. 4. See deviate.
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 diverge (daɪˈvɜːdʒ) —vb 1. to separate or cause to separate and go in different directions from a point 2. (intr) to be at variance; differ: our opinions diverge 3. (intr) to deviate from a prescribed course 4. (intr) maths (of a series or sequence) to have no limit [C17: from Medieval Latin dīvergere, from Latin di-² + vergere to turn]

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diverge
1660s, from L. divergere "go in different directions," from dis- "apart" + vergere "to bend, turn" (see verge (v.)). Originally a term in optics; the figurative sense is 19c. Related: Diverged; diverging.
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### diverge definition

If a series of approximations to some value get progressively further from it then the series is said to diverge.
The reduction of some term under some evaluation strategy diverges if it does not reach a normal form after a finite number of reductions.
(1994-12-08)

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diverge.
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