verb (used without object)

  1. to deviate or wander away from the main topic or purpose in speaking or writing; depart from the principal line of argument, plot, study, etc.
  2. Archaic. to turn aside.

verb (intr)

  1. to depart from the main subject in speech or writing
  2. to wander from one’s path or main direction

1520s, from Latin digressus, past participle of digredi “to go aside, depart” (see digression), or perhaps a back-formation from digression. Related: Digressed; digressing.

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