An example of diverge is for a child from a very religious family to become an atheist.
intransitive verb-·verged′, -·verg′ing
- to go or move in different directions from a common point or from each other; branch off: paths that diverge
- to take on gradually a different form or become a different kind: diverging customs
- to depart from a given viewpoint, practice, etc.; differ: diverging opinions
Origin of divergeMedieval Latin divergere (for Late Latin devergere) from Classical Latin dis-, apart + vergere, to turn: see verge
verbdi·verged, di·verg·ing, di·verg·es
- To go or extend in different directions from a common point; branch out: “All modern species diverged from a set of ancestors” ( Jennifer Ackerman )
- a. To depart from an established pattern or norm; deviate.b. To be different, as in opinion or manner; differ: Opinions diverged within the government on how to deal with the crisis. See Synonyms at swerve.
- Mathematics To fail to approach a limit.
Origin of divergeLatin dīvergere Latin dī-, dis- apart ; see dis- . Latin vergere to bend ; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present diverges, present participle diverging, simple past and past participle diverged)
- (intransitive, literally of lines or paths) To run apart; to separate; to tend into different directions.
- (intransitive, figuratively, of interests, opinions, or anything else) To become different; to run apart; to separate; to tend into different directions.
- Both stories start out the same way, but they diverge halfway through.
- (intransitive, literally of a line or path) To separate, to tend into a different direction (from another line or path).
- The sidewalk runs next to the street for a few miles, then diverges from it and turns north.
- (intransitive, figuratively, of an interests, opinion, or anything else) To become different, to separate (from another line or path).
- The software is pretty good, except for a few cases where its behavior diverges from user expectations.
- (intransitive, mathematics, of a sequence, series, or function) Not to converge: to have no limit, or no finite limit.
- The sequence diverges to infinity: that is, it increases without bound.
From Medieval Latin dīvergō (“bend away from, go in a different direction”), from Latin dī- + vergō (“bend”).