- 1 [countable, uncountable] the act of changing the direction that someone or something is following, or what something is used for a river diversion project We made a short diversion to go and look at the church. the diversion of funds from the public to the private sector of industry
- 2[countable] something that takes your attention away from someone or something while something else is happening For the government, the war was a welcome diversion from the country's economic problems. A smoke bomb created a diversion while the robbery took place.
- 3[countable] (formal) an activity that is done for pleasure, especially because it takes your attention away from something else synonym distraction The party will make a pleasant diversion. The city is full of diversions.