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divert

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of divert

  1. 1 to cause (someone) to pass the time agreeably occupied a light comedy to divert the tired business executive Synonyms of divert disport, amuse, entertain, regale, solaceWords Related to divert absorb, busy, distract, engage, engross, immerse, interest, involve, occupy; beguile, bewitch, captivate, charm, delight, enchant, enthrall (or enthral), fascinate; grip, hypnotize, intrigue, mesmerize; coddle, gratify, humor, indulge, mollycoddle, pamper, please, pleasure, spoil; appease, comfort, conciliate, console, content, mollify, oblige, pacify, placate, propitiate, sootheNear Antonyms of divert bore, jade; drain, enervate, exhaust, fatigue, tire, wear, wear out, weary; aggravate, annoy, bother, bug, chafe, disturb, exasperate, fret, gall, grate, harass, harry, irk, nettle, peeve, perturb, pester, pique, upset, vex

  2. 2 to change the course or direction of (something) the bike race was diverted around the construction zone Synonyms of divert deflect, turn, redirect, swing, veer, wheel, whipWords Related to divert avert, deviate, move, rechannel, shift, shunt, sidetrack, swerve, switch, transfer; swivel, twist, whirl, zigzag; bend, curve, sway; reverse, turn back

  3. 3 to draw the attention or mind to something else trying to divert the child with a toy while the doctor was giving her a shot Synonyms of divert abstract, call off, detract, distract, throw offWords Related to divert amuse, beguile, entertain; stray, wanderNear Antonyms of divert concentrate, focus

Synonym Discussion of 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


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