October 25, 2014
diverge (verb)
\duh-VERJ\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to move or extend in different directions from a common point : draw apart
How do you use it?
Ethan had a moment of panic when he found that someone had removed the guidepost where the roads diverged, but he quickly remembered being told to follow the left fork.
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Which one of these words do you think is a synonym of "diverge"?

Don't move away from C. Both "diverge" and "veer" mean to turn aside from a straight course. "Diverge" suggests a branching of a main path into two or more that lead in different directions. ("After school their paths diverged.") "Veer" implies a major change in direction. ("At that point, the path veers to the right.") "Swerve," another synonym, suggests turning away abruptly. ("He swerved to avoid hitting the dog.") And "deviate" implies turning from a customary course. ("She never deviates from her daily routine.")
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