divert

verb
di·​vert | \ də-ˈvərt How to pronounce divert (audio) , dī-\
diverted; diverting; diverts

Definition of divert

intransitive verb

: to turn aside : deviate studied law but diverted to diplomacy

transitive verb

1a : to turn from one course or use to another : deflect divert traffic to a side street diverting funds to other projects
b : distract trying to divert her attention
2 : to give pleasure to especially by distracting the attention from what burdens or distresses children diverting themselves with their toys

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Choose the Right Synonym for divert

amuse, divert, entertain mean to pass or cause to pass the time pleasantly. amuse suggests that one's attention is engaged lightly. amuse yourselves while I make dinner divert implies distracting attention from worry or routine occupation especially by something funny. a light comedy to divert the tired businessman entertain suggests supplying amusement by specially contrived methods. a magician entertaining children at a party

Examples of divert in a Sentence

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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Recent Examples on the Web Among the books diverted and resold were thousands purchased and donated for use by Baltimore public school students. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Former Baltimore mayor Catherine E. Pugh pleads guilty to fraud- and tax-evasion conspiracies," 22 Nov. 2019 Officials say trees were clear-cut, waterways diverted, and the ground littered with containers of fertilizer and rodenticide. USA TODAY, "Nativity on the run, ‘Bag O’Slag,’ kapu aloha: News from around our 50 states," 19 Nov. 2019 And officials have realized that protecting one spot can divert water and create another problem nearby. Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, "The sea ice used to protect them. Now their island is crumbling into the sea.," 1 Nov. 2019 The city is also investing $100 million to divert more freight to the water and rail lines, and to entice shippers to use marine terminals and waterways to bring in goods. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "1.5 Million Packages a Day: The Internet Brings Chaos to N.Y. Streets," 27 Oct. 2019 Being a goose for a while is diverting and surprising, and embodying one in a simulated, pastoral environment speaks to the flexible power of games as a medium. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Video Games Are Better Without Game-Play," 22 Oct. 2019 The Pierce County Housing Authority’s lawsuit alleges that longtime Finance Director Cova Campbell and her husband, Mark Campbell, diverted the money and used some of it to buy real estate. Alexis Krell, The Seattle Times, "Longtime employee took millions from Pierce County Housing Authority, court filing says," 2 Sep. 2019 When the Turia River flooded the city, authorities responded by diverting its flow, and turning the remaining river bank into a giant, winding green space and allows residents to traverse the city without ever getting in a car. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 10 Most Beautiful Coastal Towns in Spain," 19 July 2019 Southwest and Federal Aviation Administration officials told news outlets Flight 2133 was diverted and landed safely in Orlando, Florida, on Monday. baltimoresun.com, "Lightning strikes Southwest flight from Baltimore," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of divert

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for divert

Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French divertir, from Latin divertere to turn in opposite directions, from dis- + vertere to turn — more at worth

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The first known use of divert was in the 15th century

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28 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Divert.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divert?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=divert01. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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More Definitions for divert

divert

verb
How to pronounce divert (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of divert

: 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

divert

verb
di·​vert | \ də-ˈvərt How to pronounce divert (audio) , dī-\
diverted; diverting

Kids Definition of divert

1 : to turn from one path or use to another Police diverted traffic.
2 : to turn the attention away : distract Bagman opened his mouth to ask Harry something, but Percy diverted him.— J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire
3 : to give pleasure to : amuse Paint and paper diverted the children.
di·​vert | \ də-ˈvərt, dī- How to pronounce divert (audio) \

Legal Definition of divert

1 : to turn from one course or use to another funds illegally diverted
2 : to place (a defendant) under a diversion

Other Words from divert

diverter noun

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