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UK [daɪˈvɜː(r)t] / US [dɪˈvɜrt] / US [daɪˈvɜrt] verb [transitive]
Word forms "divert":
present tense I/you/we/they divert he/she/it diverts present participle diverting past tense diverted past participle diverted
1) to make something move or travel in a different direction
divert someone/something from something:

Police are trying to divert traffic away from the trouble spot.

2) to do something to take people's attention away from something that you do not want them to concentrate on or notice
divert something from someone/something:

Cooper claims the council used the inquiry to divert attention from their financial problems.

3) to use something for a purpose that is different from its original or main purpose
divert someone/something from something:

In an emergency, staff will be diverted from less urgent tasks to help out.

divert someone/something to something:

Teachers called on the government to divert the extra money to schools.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • divert — di·vert /də vərt, dī / vt 1: to turn from one course or use to another funds illegally divert ed 2: to place (a defendant) under a diversion di·vert·er n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law …   Law dictionary

  • divert — [v1] turn a different direction alter, avert, change, deflect, modify, pivot, redirect, sheer, swerve, switch, turn aside, veer, volte face, wheel, whip, whirl; concepts 187,213 Ant. be direct, keep to, maintain, stay divert [v2] amuse, entertain …   New thesaurus

  • Divert — Di*vert , v. i. To turn aside; to digress. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I diverted to see one of the prince s palaces. Evelyn. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • divert — 1 *turn, deflect, avert, sheer Analogous words: bend, *curve, twist: deviate, digress, diverge, *swerve, veer: *change, alter, modify Contrasted words: fix, *set, settle: absorb, engross, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • divert — ► VERB 1) cause to change course or take a different route. 2) reallocate (a resource) to a different purpose. 3) draw the attention of; distract or entertain. DERIVATIVES diverting adjective. ORIGIN Latin divertere turn in separate ways …   English terms dictionary

  • divert — [də vʉrt′, dīvʉrt′] vt. [ME diverten < OFr divertir < L divertere: see DIVERSE] 1. to turn (a person or thing) aside from a course, direction, etc. into another; deflect 2. to distract the attention of 3. to amuse; entertain SYN. AMUSE …   English World dictionary

  • divert — di|vert [daıˈvə:t, dı US ə:rt] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: divertir, from Latin divertere, from vertere to turn ] 1.) to change the use of something such as time or money divert sth into/to/(away) from etc sth ▪ The company… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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