Detour meaning

dēto͝or, dĭ-to͝or
A roundabout way or course, especially a road used temporarily instead of a main route.
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To go or cause to go by a roundabout way.
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A deviation from a direct course of action.
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A roundabout way; deviation from a direct way.
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A route used when the direct or regular route is closed to traffic.
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Detour is defined as to create or go down a route that is different than the usual route.

An example of detour is to travel down a dirt road when the main turnpike is closed.

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A diversion or deviation from one's original route.
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To direct or send on a detour.
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The definition of a detour is a route that is different from the ordinary, often used when the direct route cannot be used.

An example of a detour is a side road that drivers must go down when the main road is closed.

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To go by way of a detour.
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To cause to go by way of a detour.
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To go around or avoid by using a detour; bypass.
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(intransitive) To make a detour.
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Origin of detour

  • French détour from Old French destor from destorner to turn away des- de- torner to turn turn

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French détour, from détourner (“turn away”).

    From Wiktionary