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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • Leave the main subject temporarily in speech or writing.

    ‘I have digressed a little from my original plan’
    • ‘However, I am digressing from the main point that I am trying to put across in this letter, which is the attitude of most Namibians when it comes to criticism.’
    • ‘I know I digressed from the subject of the article.’
    • ‘They loved him even more when he digressed from his prepared speech to intervene in domestic British politics.’
    • ‘Moreover, she approaches subjects indirectly, digressing frequently on peripheral topics and only slowly coming to the point.’
    • ‘Still, this is digressing from our main point of concern.’
    • ‘But I'm digressing, and meandering, and I apologise, unless you like that kind of thing, which I do when others do it, but I understand if you don't.’
    • ‘Another brave step, though it might seem very trivial is that he has avoided digressing from the singular plot by not invoking songs and other kitsch trappings.’
    • ‘I'm digressing but the point is it wasn't hard to imagine a member of my family being a criminal; I was kind of getting used to it.’
    • ‘But we are digressing from a totally pointless and inane post here.’
    • ‘But I'm digressing, this post is all about the music, not my brain rotting youth.’
    • ‘Any argument about its fate that digresses from this fact threatens to dissolve into the putrid river of disingenuous excuses the administration keeps spewing forth to drown the truth.’
    • ‘She digresses into a long dissertation on gun control and abortion.’
    • ‘But after that, it drags and detours, dawdles and digresses - to the Hague; to Sarajevo, inevitably; to the south of Italy.’
    • ‘It frequently digresses into philosophical rants, or into imagined discussions between the author and his younger brother, where the young boy is able to speak like a particularly eloquent adult.’
    • ‘The enthusiasm with which he talks about dingoes wanes as he digresses further into his history: British uranium mining and nuclear testing on Aboriginal land.’
    • ‘Like any good curator, of course, he digresses, pausing to impart a bit of gossip or whimsy, spicing the historically significant with the genuinely weird.’
    • ‘It digresses into long corridors of thought, quiet corners of droll humour.’
    • ‘Though he has occasionally digressed, the 19th century - which embraces the ages of revolution, capital and empire - is ‘his period’.’
    • ‘And then it digressed into unprintable scenarios.’
    • ‘Wow, I have digressed so far even I can't remember what this was about.’
    deviate, go off at a tangent, diverge, turn aside, turn away, depart, drift, stray, ramble, wander, meander, maunder
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/dīˈɡres/ /daɪˈɡrɛs/


Early 16th century from Latin digress- ‘stepped away’, from the verb digredi, from di- ‘aside’ + gradi ‘to walk’.