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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 diverging
  • Beneath the diverging air, surface pressure drops and an equatorial trough develops.
  • Between the two lies an abyss separating two cultures, two habits of mind, two diverging tongues.
  • Everybody must have discerned in the action of his mind two diverging tendencies, which in this novel, are harmonized.
  • Surveys of leisure habits often show diverging results.
  • Disagreement about other matters arose from diverging visions of the postwar world.
  • Yet the interests of the family and those of the firm are diverging.
  • Structurally, too, the next society is already diverging from the society almost all of us still live in.
  • But when the authors compared the two groups, they found they were diverging.
  • Core and periphery have seriously diverging views on the direction policy should take.
  • At bottom, the differences reflect each country's diverging worldview.
British Dictionary definitions for diverging


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 diverging



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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