detour


1de·tour

noun \ˈdē-ˌtr also di-ˈtr\

: the act of going or traveling to a place along a way that is different from the usual or planned way

: a road, highway, etc., that you travel on when the the usual way of traveling cannot be used

Full Definition of DETOUR

:  a deviation from a direct course or the usual procedure; especially :  a roundabout way temporarily replacing part of a route

Examples of DETOUR

  1. After a number of unexpected detours, we finally arrived at our destination.
  2. The little restaurant is worth a detour.
  3. We had to make a detour around the heaviest traffic.
  4. We took a detour from the main streets.
  5. The road is closed ahead, so traffic will have to follow the detour.

Origin of DETOUR

French détour, from Old French destor, from destorner to divert, from des- de- + torner to turn — more at turn
First Known Use: 1738

2detour

verb

: to go along a way that is different from and usually longer than the usual or planned way

: to make (someone or something) go in a direction that is not planned or expected

: to avoid (something) by going around it

Full Definition of DETOUR

intransitive verb
:  to proceed by a detour <detour around road construction>
transitive verb
1
:  to send by a circuitous route <detour traffic around an accident>
2
:  to avoid by going around :  bypass <detour an accident site>

Examples of DETOUR

  1. We detoured around the heaviest traffic.
  2. A police officer was detouring traffic around the scene of the accident.
  3. Traffic will be detoured to 72nd Street.

First Known Use of DETOUR

1836

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