Definition of detour verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

detour

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈdiːtʊə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːtʊr//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they detour
BrE BrE//ˈdiːtʊə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːtʊr//
 
he / she / it detours
BrE BrE//ˈdiːtʊəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːtʊrz//
 
past simple detoured
BrE BrE//ˈdiːtʊəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːtʊrd//
 
past participle detoured
BrE BrE//ˈdiːtʊəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːtʊrd//
 
-ing form detouring
BrE BrE//ˈdiːtʊərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːtʊrɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] (North American English) detour (somebody/something) (to…) to take a longer route in order to avoid a problem or to visit a place; to make somebody/something take a longer route The President detoured to Chicago for a special meeting. Word Origin mid 18th cent. (as a noun): from French détour ‘change of direction’, from détourner ‘turn away’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: detour

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