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

     

    diverge

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//daɪˈvɜːdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈvɜːrdʒ//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they diverge
    BrE BrE//daɪˈvɜːdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈvɜːrdʒ//
     
    he / she / it diverges
    BrE BrE//daɪˈvɜːdʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈvɜːrdʒɪz//
     
    past simple diverged
    BrE BrE//daɪˈvɜːdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈvɜːrdʒd//
     
    past participle diverged
    BrE BrE//daɪˈvɜːdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈvɜːrdʒd//
     
    -ing form diverging
    BrE BrE//daɪˈvɜːdʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈvɜːrdʒɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to separate and go in different directions The parallel lines appear to diverge. We went through 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. It is thought that the two species diverged about 130 million years ago.
  2. 2[intransitive] diverge (from something) (formal) (of opinions, views, etc.) to be different Opinions diverge greatly on this issue. This country’s interests diverge considerably from those of other countries.
  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.
  4. opposite converge
    Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from medieval Latin divergere, from Latin dis- ‘in two ways’ + vergere ‘to turn or incline’.
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