small diversions of river water for irrigation
Hiking is one of my favorite diversions.
Our town offers few diversions.
Sports provide him with a welcome diversion from the pressures of his job.
He created a diversion while his partner stole her pocketbook.
Recent Examples on the WebWhile attention has focused on the possible theft or diversion of American weapons, US officials take comfort in the fact that Ukraine has an urgent incentive to throw every available armament against the invading Russians.—Michael Crowley And Edward Wong, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Jan. 2023 While attention has focused on the possible theft or diversion of American weapons, U.S. officials take comfort in the fact that Ukraine has an urgent incentive to throw every available armament against the invading Russians.—Edward Wong, New York Times, 27 Jan. 2023 The state is working with counties to reduce the wait through programs to encourage diversion and collaboration throughout the criminal justice process, HHSC spokesperson Tiffany Young said last month.—Dallas News, 25 Jan. 2023 Alex Tep, of The Preuss School, worked with SD2 directors and mentor Satsuki Shumate, a corporate diversion and inclusion manager, on his college applications and the interview process.—Diane Bellcolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Jan. 2023 Similarly, citizens voting on a new river-diversion project might initially favor cheaper water.—Brett Simpson, The Atlantic, 23 Jan. 2023 Grohs went through diversion for DUII in Portland in 2013, court records show.—oregonlive, 20 Jan. 2023 The settlement resolves a lawsuit that alleged the pharmacy chain failed to maintain effective controls against diversion that contributed to oversupply of opioids in the state.—Leah Willingham, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2023 Early indications also point to the laser lightning rods’ diversion range being much wider than traditional metal rods, which ostensibly cover an area about twice as wide as the rod is tall.—Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 17 Jan. 2023 See More
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Middle English dyversioun "process of diverting superfluous humors," borrowed from Late Latin dīversiōn-, dīversiō "turning away," from Latin dīvertere "to separate oneself (from), be different" and dēvertere "to turn away, divert" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at divert
: 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