Meaning of divagate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdʌɪvəɡeɪt/

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[no object] literary
  • Stray or digress.

    ‘Yeats divagated into Virgil's territory only once’
    • ‘Willpower he was not acquainted with, lest he would have divagated from his fated path long ago.’
    • ‘Well, that seemed to be as good a target to divagate towards as any, so he set off for it.’
    • ‘Others have divagated at length on the accuracy of these particular statements, and I will leave that task to them.’
    • ‘But here we'll take you on a tour to midmost of Tokyo by divagating the bike path.’
    • ‘Datta divagates into revolutionary illusions, Indian ‘leftist’ illusions, and its infantile bid for power with violence tactically kept sheatheed.’
    swerve, career, skew, swing, sheer, weave, wheel


Late 16th century from Latin divagat- ‘wandered about’, from the verb divagari, from di- ‘widely’ + vagari ‘wander’.