Diverge definition

dĭ-vûrj, dī-
(mathematics) To fail to approach a limit.
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To go or extend in different directions from a common point; branch out.
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To take on gradually a different form or become a different kind.

Diverging customs.

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(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.

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Diverge is defined as to move in a different direction, to branch off or to change from a viewpoint.

An example of diverge is for a child from a very religious family to become an atheist.

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To depart from an established pattern or norm; deviate.
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To be different, as in opinion or manner; differ.

Opinions diverged within the government on how to deal with the crisis.

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To cause (light rays, for example) to diverge; deflect.
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To make diverge.
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(intransitive, literally of lines or paths) To run apart; to separate; to tend into different directions.
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(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.

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(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.

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(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.

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To go or move in different directions from a common point or from each other; branch off.

Paths that diverge.

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To depart from a given viewpoint, practice, etc.; differ.

Diverging opinions.

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Origin of diverge

  • Latin dīvergere Latin dī-, dis- apart dis– Latin vergere to bend wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin dīvergō (“bend away from, go in a different direction”), from Latin dī- + vergō (“bend”).

    From Wiktionary