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Definition of diverge verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//daɪˈvərdʒ//
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they diverge
    he / she / it diverges
    past simple diverged
    -ing form diverging
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  1. 1[intransitive] to separate and go in different directions The parallel lines appear to diverge. We went through high school and college together, but then our paths diverged. diverge from something The coastal road diverges from the freeway just north of Santa Monica. Many species have diverged from a single ancestor.
  2. 2[intransitive] diverge (from something) (formal) (of opinions, views, etc.) to be different Opinions diverge greatly on this issue.
  3. 3[intransitive] diverge from something to be or become different from what is expected, planned, etc. to diverge from the norm He diverged from established procedure. opposite converge
, NAmE//daɪˈvərdʒəns//
noun [countable, uncountable] a wide divergence of opinion
, NAmE//daɪˈvərdʒənt//
adjective divergent paths/opinions
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