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Meaning of DIGRESS

Pronunciation:  di'gres

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  lose clarity or turn aside esp. 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"
  2. [v]  wander from a direct or straight course

DIGRESS is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: depart, divagate, sidetrack, straggle, stray, stray, wander
 See Also: deviate, divert, tell



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Di*gress"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Digressed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Digressing}.] [L. digressus, p. p. of digredi to go
    apart, to deviate; di- = dis- + gradi to step, walk. See
    1. To step or turn aside; to deviate; to swerve; especially,
       to turn aside from the main subject of attention, or
       course of argument, in writing or speaking.
             Moreover she beginneth to digress in latitude.
             In the pursuit of an argument there is hardly room
             to digress into a particular definition as often as
             a man varies the signification of any term. --Locke.
    2. To turn aside from the right path; to transgress; to
       offend. [R.]
             Thy abundant goodness shall excuse This deadly blot
             on thy digressing son.                --Shak.
  2. \Di*gress"\, n.
    Digression. [Obs.] --Fuller.
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