Definition of divagate in English:


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intransitive verb

[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



/ˈdīvəˌɡāt/ /ˈdaɪvəˌɡeɪt/


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