Definition of diversion
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
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.
Origin and Etymology of diversion
First Known Use: 1600
DIVERSION Defined for English Language Learners
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
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.>
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\-ˈvər-zhə-ˌner-ē, -shə-\ play adjective
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