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[dih-vurj, dahy-] /dɪˈvɜrdʒ, daɪ-/
verb (used without object), diverged, diverging.
to move, lie, or extend in different directions from a common point; branch off.
to differ in opinion, character, form, etc.; deviate.
Mathematics. (of a sequence, series, etc.) to have no unique limit; to have infinity as a limit.
to turn aside or deviate, as from a path, practice, or plan.
verb (used with object), diverged, diverging.
to deflect or turn aside.
Origin of diverge
1655-65; < Medieval Latin dīvergere, equivalent to Latin dī- di-2 + vergere to incline
Related forms
nondiverging, adjective
undiverging, adjective
Can be confused
digress, diverge, diverse.
1. separate, deviate, fork. 4. See deviate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for diverged
  • They are close relatives that diverged millions of years ago.
  • Humans and chimps originate from a common ancestor, and scientists believe they diverged some six million years ago.
  • Nobody would expect to read here anything that diverged from the tightly held official narrative of events.
  • And they diverged when they were in their teenage years.
  • But among children who had graduated to the local diet, the two groups diverged dramatically.
  • Cross-species comparison also shows how species differ, and thus how they have diverged.
  • In the past month, the two economies have clearly diverged.
  • Since languages change over time, the more similar two languages are, the more recently they must have diverged.
  • From this ancestral stock, two great evolutionary lineages diverged, one leading to dinosaurs and the other to birds.
  • Both boys were tall and well formed, but their careers had diverged since the peace.
British Dictionary definitions for diverged


to separate or cause to separate and go in different directions from a point
(intransitive) to be at variance; differ: our opinions diverge
(intransitive) to deviate from a prescribed course
(intransitive) (maths) (of a series or sequence) to have no limit
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin dīvergere, from Latin di-² + vergere to turn
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Word Origin and History for diverged



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

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