Synonyms & Antonyms of divert

1 to cause (someone) to pass the time agreeably occupied
  • a light comedy to divert the tired business executive

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2 to change the course or direction of (something)
  • the bike race was diverted around the construction zone

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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

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How is the word divert different from other verbs like it?

The words amuse and entertain are common synonyms of divert. While all three words mean "to pass or cause to pass the time pleasantly," divert implies distracting attention from worry or routine occupation especially by something funny.

a light comedy to divert the tired businessman

In what contexts can amuse take the place of divert?

The meanings of amuse and divert largely overlap; however, amuse suggests that one's attention is engaged lightly.

amuse yourselves while I make dinner

When would entertain be a good substitute for divert?

Although the words entertain and divert have much in common, entertain suggests supplying amusement by specially contrived methods.

a magician entertaining children at a party

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

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“Divert.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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