diversion

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noun di·ver·sion \ də-ˈvər-zhən , dī- , -shən \

Definition of diversion

1 :the act or an instance of diverting or straying from a course, activity, or use :deviation
  • Bad weather forced the diversion of several flights.
2 :something that diverts or amuses :pastime
  • Hiking is one of her favorite diversions.
  • a welcome diversion from the pressures of the job
3 :an attack or feint that draws the attention and force of an enemy from the point of the principal operation
  • You create a diversion while I sneak inside the building.
4 British :a temporary traffic detour

Examples of diversion in a Sentence

  1. small diversions of river water for irrigation

  2. Hiking is one of my favorite diversions.

  3. Our town offers few diversions.

  4. Sports provide him with a welcome diversion from the pressures of his job.

  5. He created a diversion while his partner stole her pocketbook.

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Origin and Etymology of diversion


DIVERSION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of diversion for English Language Learners

  • : the act of changing the direction or use of something : the act of diverting something

  • : something that people do because it is enjoyable, entertaining, or pleasant

  • : something that takes attention away from what is happening


DIVERSION Defined for Kids

diversion

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noun di·ver·sion \ də-ˈvər-zhən , dī- \

Definition of diversion for Students

1 :an act or instance of changing the direction or use of
  • diversion of the river
2 :something that relaxes, distracts, or entertains
  • The city offers many diversions for visitors.

Law Dictionary

diversion

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noun di·ver·sion \ də-ˈvər-zhən, dī- \

legal Definition of diversion

:the act or an instance of diverting: as
a :an unauthorized rerouting or appropriation
  • diversion of funds
b :suspension of the prosecution of a charge for a period of time during which the defendant participates in a rehabilitation program or makes restitution and after which the charges are dismissed if the rehabilitation or restitution is completed — compare probation

diversionary

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