Definition of divert
- divert traffic to a side street
- diverting funds to other projects
- trying to divert her attention
- children diverting themselves with their toys
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.
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: 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
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