Divert meaning

dĭ-vûrt, dī-
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.

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To distract.

My attention was diverted by an argument between motorists.

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To turn aside from a course or direction.

Traffic was diverted around the scene of the accident.

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To turn aside.
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To turn (a person or thing) aside from a course, direction, etc. into another; deflect.
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To distract the attention of.
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To amuse; entertain.
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To turn aside from a course.

The workers diverted the stream away from the road.

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Don't let him divert your attention; keep your eye on the ball.

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To entertain by distracting the attention from worrisome thoughts or cares; amuse.
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To entertain or amuse (by diverting the attention)
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Origin of divert

  • Middle English diverten from Old French divertir from Latin dīvertere dī-, dis- aside dis– vertere to turn wer-2 in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English diverten, from Old French divertir (“to turn or go different ways, part, separate, divert”), from Latin di- (“apart”) + vertere (“to turn”); see verse.

    From Wiktionary