V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to momentarily turn aside from the main topic in speaking or writing

Synonyms: deviate, depart, divert, drift, stray, meander, wander, ramble

Antonyms: focus, concentrate

Tips: Digress comes from the Latin word gradi, "to step," plus the prefix di "aside," so digress means "to step aside." If you think of a discussion, which makes a point as a series of logical steps on the way to that point, a digression is a step in the wrong direction, away from progress toward the point. Progress is close to the opposite of digress. Both words have the same root gress, "to step." Progress refers to moving forward, while digress refers to moving sideways or away from the main ending point. The adjective digressive refers to digressing, or straying away form the point of discussion.

Usage Examples:

Bill's endless digressions on every point made the meeting much too long. (deviations, departures) noun

When addressing an audience, stay focused; do not digress, but stick to the point. (stray, wander)

Let's not digress from our plan of action, but stay focused and get this project done. (depart, drift, stray)

Yes, that's a funny story, but I digress; let's get back to the subject at hand. (stray, wander, ramble)

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