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divagate

di·va·gate

divagate

pronunciation:
dI v geIt
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: divagated, divagates, divagating
definition 1: to wander about.
similar words:
stray
definition 2: to wander off the subject; digress.
similar words:
digress, stray
derivation: divagation (n.)
Word Parts
The word divagate contains the following parts:
di-3 Latin prefix that means not, apart, reverse, negate
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The prefix di-3 is a form of dis- used before roots beginning with "v" and "g," such as "vert" and "gress." See dis-3
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vag Latin root that means wander
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).