Definition of diverge in US English:

diverge

verb

[no object]
  • 1(of a road, route, or line) separate from another route, especially a main one, and go in a different direction.

    • ‘Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all of the difference.’
    • ‘Rapidly the distance between the two vehicles increased as their courses diverged.’
    • ‘The road will diverge into three paths soon and it is then that we part.’
    • ‘For beginners to this study, it sometimes gets confusing with all the lines converging and diverging to and from each other.’
    • ‘‘We stand now where two roads diverge,’ Carson wrote in the final chapter of Silent Spring.’
    • ‘The airport is west of the city beyond the junction where the Glasgow and Fife lines diverge.’
    • ‘But the fact that she could not overlook was that their paths had diverged.’
    • ‘Starting six or seven years ago, these two lines diverged dramatically: The volume of imports soared, while export growth leveled off.’
    • ‘The curious thing about religion in this country is that it is beginning to diverge along two quite separate pathways.’
    • ‘He thought that many small changes could cause two lines of life to diverge.’
    • ‘Could two roads have diverged as far apart as these two and still be on their way to meeting?’
    • ‘In that case, the shape of the universe is analogous to the shape of a saddle, in which initially parallel lines diverge.’
    • ‘The trail diverges further as we track back past Old English and Classical Latin.’
    • ‘Solzhenitsyn talks about ‘the great fork of camp life’ where two roads diverge.’
    • ‘The Loop Variant involves trolley tracks that diverge at the switch and then join together again in a loop.’
    • ‘About halfway between the temple and the main road, a path diverged to the left.’
    • ‘They don't fight, but O'Neal and Bryant remain two roads diverged.’
    • ‘Narrative lines may diverge sharply on the third or fourth page, or in the second paragraph.’
    • ‘Just south of here is where the New Haven diverges off the Harlem Line, just beyond the Woodlawn Metro North station.’
    • ‘Three hollow rays diverge at angles of 120 degrees from the central part.’
    separate, part, disunite, fork, branch off, divide, subdivide, split, go in different directions, go separate ways
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    1. 1.1 (of an opinion, theory, approach, etc.) differ markedly.
      ‘the coverage by the columnists diverged from that in the main news stories’
      • ‘Thus, our opinions diverge on the question of how consistent the book is in its overall treatment of its subjects.’
      • ‘Although not thoroughly tested in the courts at the time of writing, legal opinion diverges widely on these questions.’
      • ‘The essay by Craig Dworkin's diverges wildly from this approach.’
      • ‘I addressed only the final point you made because it was there that our opinions diverged.’
      • ‘Where we diverge most sharply with Mr. Dean is on his emerging world view.’
      • ‘Already, we can see why they may diverge in their approach, and hence their conclusion, to a case.’
      • ‘But while both performances include period instruments, their approaches to the music diverge in revealing ways.’
      • ‘But this common concept once shared by the East and West has diverged.’
      • ‘Once a condition progresses, however, approaches to treatment diverge among cultures.’
      • ‘Today's offering suggests two issues where our opinions diverge.’
      • ‘They argued that correlations could increase while observed and simulated global means diverge.’
      • ‘Let's talk about the wildly diverging opinions.’
      • ‘As the season begins, however, our two concepts diverge significantly.’
      • ‘Thenceforward these two approaches tend to diverge.’
      • ‘Such a convergence was not a given - the two approaches sometimes diverge.’
      • ‘Some of the most interesting speakers in the Commons debates were those who diverged slightly from party lines.’
      • ‘Our experiences and opinions diverge in areas and on issues I consider most important to the larger ‘body politic.’’
      • ‘There are other ways too in which these supernatural encounters diverge from the medieval norm.’
      • ‘On one key subject in particular, European and American attitudes diverge and are moving further apart by the day.’
      • ‘On some issues, the views of faculty diverged significantly from public opinion.’
      differ, be different, be unlike, be dissimilar
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    2. 1.2 Deviate from a set course or standard.
      ‘suddenly he diverged from his text’
      • ‘The hard part is predicting where the the course of the future will diverge from the past.’
      • ‘Of course, one must know the direct trajectory to diverge from it, and one must know where the orbit is to be able to go off it.’
      • ‘Our path seems destined to continue diverging from that of the Europeans.’
      • ‘However, of late, some State forces have diverged from the national plan.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, slang items often diverge from standard usage in predictable ways, especially by generalization and melioration.’
      • ‘The article he wrote diverged from the official line; it was never printed.’
      • ‘I diverged from the newspaper standard of never changing a quote.’
      • ‘But towards the end of the speech, Bacon diverges sharply from this text.’
      deviate, digress, depart, veer, swerve, turn away, turn aside, branch off, drift, stray
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    3. 1.3 Develop in a different direction.
      ‘howler and spider monkeys diverged from a common ancestor’
      • ‘However, different parts of the genome may diverge at different rates.’
      • ‘So depending on how it gets handled, the stable/developer strands could diverge immediately.’
      • ‘Hence the authors concluded that gene expression had diverged most rapidly in the human brain.’
      • ‘But local infection rates and trends quickly diverged.’
      • ‘From pollen data, these are estimated to have diverged 6 MYA.’
      • ‘In this study, we assumed that humans and mice diverged 100 MYA.’
      • ‘In the six million years since the human and ape lines first diverged, the behaviour and lifestyles of apes have hardly changed.’
      • ‘As the tangents diverge, a sample of found sound enters the piece, with crowd murmur and the whine of vehicle brakes.’
      • ‘Daughter corallites generally diverge at various angles, and subsequently turn vertically and grow subparallel.’
      • ‘Although the Alligator sequence was considerably diverged from the avian sequences, a reasonable alignment could be achieved.’
      • ‘Arrangements in the upper line represent periods in which duplicated genes diverged.’
      • ‘The hybridization occurred shortly after the two lineages diverged (old hybridization).’
      • ‘As in the case of Hsp 70 genes, these two groups of genes diverged long before the separation of animals and fungi.’
      • ‘Living chimps have diverged genetically from that common ancestor about as far as people have, the researchers add.’
      • ‘The element encodes a Gag protein, and retroelement Gag protein sequences diverge more rapidly than the Pol sequences.’
      • ‘It is only after about the sixth week that male - female developments diverge.’
      • ‘After bony fishes and mammals diverged about 400 MYA, class II genes increased enormously in the mammalian lineage.’
      • ‘A recent further analysis reveals that the diverging development between these two groups is, in fact, even more explicit later on.’
      • ‘Assume that chimpanzees and humans diverged from a common ancestor about five million years ago.’
      • ‘Recently diverged species will not demonstrate reciprocal monophyly for some time after they have stopped exchanging genes.’
  • 2Mathematics
    (of a series) increase indefinitely as more of its terms are added.

    • ‘There we have an intuitive reason for believing that the harmonic series diverges.’
    • ‘For this series, it also gives a sum if t = 1, but as soon as t>1, the series diverges.’
    • ‘He gave an example of a trigonometric series which diverged at every point, yet its coefficients tended to zero.’
    • ‘However, the harmonic series actually diverges - the sum increases without bound.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin divergere, from Latin dis- ‘in two ways’ + vergere ‘to turn or incline’.

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