Digress – to turn from the normal course
Digress means to turn from the normal course.
It's usually related to speaking and writing, when someone deviates or wanders away from the main topic or purpose.
To remember the definition of the word digress, use the following mnemonic:
She dyed her dress (digress) then put it back on and turned in it.
Examples of digress in a sentence
During her lectures on gravity, the professor was inclined to digress, telling the students stories about her years as a tap dancer.
The author of the book about tractors digressed slightly to include a passage about forklift trucks.
I'm here to speak about bees, but I want to digress a little to include some thoughts about butterflies.