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detour

noun de·tour \ ˈdē-ˌtu̇r also di-ˈtu̇r \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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 in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of detour from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of detour

French détour, from Old French destor, from destorner to divert, from des- de- + torner to turn — more at turn

detour Synonyms


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detour

verb

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 in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of detour from the Web

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First Known Use of detour

1836

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DETOUR Defined for English Language Learners

detour

verb

Definition of detour for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DETOUR Defined for Kids

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detour

noun de·tour \ ˈdē-ˌtu̇r \

Definition of detour for Students

:a roundabout way that temporarily replaces part of a regular route

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detour

verb

Definition of detour for Students

detoured; detouring
:to go or make go on a different route than usual
  • All cars were detoured.


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