re digress


[dih-gres, dahy-]
verb (used without object)
to deviate or wander away from the main topic or purpose in speaking or writing; depart from the principal line of argument, plot, study, etc.
Archaic. to turn aside.

1520–30; < Latin dīgressus, past participle of dīgredī to go off, depart, digress, equivalent to dī- di-2 + -gredī, combining form of gradī to go; cf. grade

digresser, noun
digressingly, adverb
redigress, verb (used without object)

digress, diverge, diverse.

1. ramble, stray. See deviate. Unabridged
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digress (daɪˈɡrɛs)
1.  to depart from the main subject in speech or writing
2.  to wander from one's path or main direction
[C16: from Latin dīgressus turned aside, from dīgredī, from dis- apart + gradī to go]

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Word Origin & History

1520s, from L. digress-, pp. stem of digredi "to go aside, depart" (see digression). Related: Digressed; digressing.
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