Definition of digress verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

digress

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//daɪˈɡres//
 
; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈɡres//
 
[intransitive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they digress
BrE BrE//daɪˈɡres//
 
; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈɡres//
 
he / she / it digresses
BrE BrE//daɪˈɡresɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈɡresɪz//
 
past simple digressed
BrE BrE//daɪˈɡrest//
 
; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈɡrest//
 
past participle digressed
BrE BrE//daɪˈɡrest//
 
; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈɡrest//
 
-ing form digressing
BrE BrE//daɪˈɡresɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈɡresɪŋ//
 
 
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to start to talk about something that is not connected with the main point of what you are saying To digress for a moment, I would like to remind you that there will be no classes next week. Word Origin early 16th cent.: from Latin digress- ‘stepped away’, from the verb digredi, from di- ‘aside’ + gradi ‘to walk’.
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