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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 disport, amuse, entertain, regale, solaceRelated Words 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 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 deflect, turn, redirect, swing, veer, wheel, whipRelated Words 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 abstract, call off, detract, distract, throw offRelated Words amuse, beguile, entertain; stray, wanderNear Antonyms concentrate, focus


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