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Definition of diversion noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//daɪˈvərʒn//
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  1. 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. 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. 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.
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