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Meaning of diverge by Wiktionary Dictionary



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


    • ( UK ) IPA: /daɪˈvɜː( ɹ )dʒ/
    • Rhymes: -ɜː( r )dʒ


    diverge ( third-person singular simple present diverges present participle diverging, simple past and past participle diverged )

    1. ( intransitive, literally, of lines or paths ) To run apart; to separate; to tend into different directions.
    2. ( 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 .
    3. ( 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 .
    4. ( 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 .
    5. ( intransitive, mathematics, of a sequence, series, or function ) Not to converge: to have no limit, or no finite limit .
      The sequence x_n = n^2 diverges to infinity: that is, it increases without bound .


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Explanation of diverge by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. move or draw apart

    2. The two paths diverge here
    3. be at variance with

    4. extend in a different direction

    5. The lines start to diverge here
      Their interests diverged
    6. have no limits as a mathematical series