AskDefine | Define divagate

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divagate v : lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking; "She always digresses when telling a story"; "her mind wanders"; "Don't digress when you give a lecture" [syn: digress, stray, wander]

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From dis- + vagatus, past participle of vago


  1. to stray off from a subject, focus, or course

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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