[no object] 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
divergences between dialects
There is a wide divergence of opinion between the parties.
He is studying the levels of divergence between the species.
— divergent /dəˈvɚʤənt/ adjective, [more divergent; most divergent]
Their views are widely divergent.