intransitive verb (-gated; -gating) Etymology: Late Latin divagatus, past participle of divagari, from Latin dis- + vagari to wander — more at vagary Date: 1599 to wander or stray from a course or subject ; diverge, digressdivagation noun

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  • divagate — index digress Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • divagate — 1590s, from L. divagatus, pp. of divagari to wander about, from di(s) apart (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + vagari to wander, ramble (see VAGUE (Cf. vague)). Related: Divagated; divagating …   Etymology dictionary

  • divagate — [dī′və gāt΄; ] also [ div′əgāt΄] vi. divagated, divagating [< pp. of LL divagari, to wander about < L dis , from + vagari, to wander: see VAGABOND] 1. to wander about 2. to stray from the subject; digress divagation n …   English World dictionary

  • divagate — divagation, n. /duy veuh gayt /, v.i., divagated, divagating. 1. to wander; stray. 2. to digress in speech. [1590 1600; < L divagatus (ptp. of divagari to wander off), equiv. to di DI 2 + vag (s. of vagari to wander) + atus ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • divagate — verb to stray off from a subject, focus, or course …   Wiktionary

  • divagate — Synonyms and related words: angle, angle off, bat around, be absent, bear off, bend, bias, branch off, bum, change the bearing, count ties, crook, curve, daydream, deflect, depart, depart from, detour, deviate, digress, divaricate, diverge, dream …   Moby Thesaurus

  • divagate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. stray, digress. See deviation, diffuseness. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To turn aside, especially from the main subject in writing or speaking: deviate, digress, diverge, ramble, stray, wander.… …   English dictionary for students

  • divagate — di·va·gate || daɪvÉ™geɪt v. stray from the main point; wander …   English contemporary dictionary

  • divagate — [ dʌɪvəgeɪt] verb literary stray; digress. Derivatives divagation noun Origin C16: from L. divagat , divagari wander about …   English new terms dictionary

  • divagate — di·va·gate …   English syllables

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