August 03, 2018
Learner's Word of the Day
diverge /dəˈvɚʤ/ verb
diverge
/dəˈvɚʤ/
verb
A prism causes rays of light to diverge.
A prism causes rays of light to diverge.
Learner's definition of DIVERGE

[no obj] formal

1 : to split and move out in different directions from a single point — opposite converge

  • A prism causes rays of light to diverge.

  • “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…” Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken” (1916)

2 : to be or become different

  • They were close friends in college, but after graduation, their lives diverged.

  • When it comes to politics, their opinions/views diverge. [=they have different opinions/views]

— divergence /dəˈvɚʤəns/ noun plural divergences

[count]

  • divergences between dialects

  • There is a wide divergence of opinion between the parties.

[noncount]

  • He is studying the levels of divergence between the species.

— divergent /dəˈvɚʤənt/ adjective, [more divergent; most divergent]

  • divergent lines/opinions/cultures

  • Their views are widely divergent.

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