- Divert is defined as to turn aside or distract from one direction to another.
An example of divert is for a parent to bring a child to the park to take her attention away from construction at the house.
- to turn (a person or thing) aside from a course, direction, etc. into another; deflect
- to distract the attention of
- to amuse; entertain
Origin of divertMiddle English diverten ; from Old French divertir ; from Classical Latin divertere: see diverse
verbdi·vert·ed, di·vert·ing, di·verts
- To turn aside from a course or direction: Traffic was diverted around the scene of the accident.
- To distract: My attention was diverted by an argument between motorists.
- To entertain by distracting the attention from worrisome thoughts or cares; amuse. See Synonyms at amuse.
Origin of divertMiddle English diverten, from Old French divertir, from Latin dīvertere : dī-, dis-, aside; see dis– + vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present diverts, present participle diverting, simple past and past participle diverted)