Definition of diverge :
1. To differ from a typical form; to vary from a normal condition; to dissent from a creed or position generally held or taken.
2. To extend from a common point in different directions; to tend from one point and recede from each other; to tend to spread apart; to turn aside or deviate ( as from a given direction); -- opposed to converge; as, rays of light diverge as they proceed from the sun.
divert, start out, go, bend, take leave, twine, alter, set out, persuade, take off, same, twist, curve, set off, mold, divide, branch off, subdivide, start, approach, disagree, ramify, motley, yield, set forth, variegate, swerve, stoop, turn, straggle, part, bow, influence, bifurcate, branch, ramble, fork, divagate, go away, crook, leave, incline, bias, err, correct, submit, sidetrack, pull up stakes, quit, warp
deflect (part of speech: verb)
deviate (part of speech: verb)
contrast (part of speech: verb)
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scatter (part of speech: verb)
loosen (part of speech: verb)
- I proposed, while there was yet some light, to diverge from the highroad, lest my mother should be crushed to death in the dark by the crowd that followed us. - "Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror", Richard Linthicum Trumbull White Samuel Fallows.
- We have no right, they say, to assume, should we find that a variable species can no longer be made to vary in a certain direction, that it has reached the utmost limit to which it might under more favourable conditions or if more time were allowed be made to diverge from the parent type. - "The Antiquity of Man", Charles Lyell.
- Similar in theme, in sympathy and in the struggle- that of a trainer to overcome a noble dog's fear of the powder roar- the stories diverge in the matter of workmanship. - "O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921", Various.