Simple Definition of divert
: to change the direction or use of (something)
: to take (attention) away from someone or something
: to take the attention of (someone) away from something or someone
Full Definition of divert
: to turn aside : deviate <studied law but diverted to diplomacy>
2 : to give pleasure to especially by distracting the attention from what burdens or distresses
Examples of divert
Police diverted traffic to a side street.
The stream was diverted toward the farmland.
They were charged with illegally diverting public funds for private use.
He lied to divert attention from the real situation.
They're only proposing the law to divert attention from important issues.
Origin of divert
Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French divertir, from Latin divertere to turn in opposite directions, from dis- + vertere to turn — more at worth
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of divert
Rhymes with divert
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