- Digress is defined as to go off topic when speaking or writing.
An example of digress is when you are writing a paper about causes of crime and you start to instead write long paragraphs about defenses to crimes.
Origin: ; from Classical Latin digressus, past participle of digredi, to go apart ; from dis-, apart plush gradi, to go, step: see grade
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intransitive verb di·gressed, di·gress·ing, di·gress·es
Origin: Latin dīgredī, dīgress- : dī-, dis-, apart; see dis- + gradī, to go; see ghredh- in Indo-European roots.