di·verge (dĭ-vûrj, dī-)
v. di·verged, di·verg·ing, di·verg·es
1. To go or extend in different directions from a common point; branch out: "All modern species diverged from a set of ancestors" (Jennifer Ackerman).
a. To depart from an established pattern or norm; deviate.
b. To be different, as in opinion or manner; differ: Opinions diverged within the government on how to deal with the crisis. See Synonyms at swerve.
3. Mathematics To fail to approach a limit.
To cause (light rays, for example) to diverge; deflect.
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