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Definition of divert verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//daɪˈvərt//
    divert somebody/something (from something) (to something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they divert
    he / she / it diverts
    past simple diverted
    -ing form diverting
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  1. 1to make someone or something change direction Northbound traffic will have to be diverted onto minor roads. The course of the stream has now been diverted.
  2. 2divert something to use money, materials, etc. for a different purpose from their original purpose
  3. 3divert something to take someone's thoughts or attention away from something synonym distract The war diverted people's attention away from the economic situation.
  4. 4divert somebody (formal) to entertain people Children are easily diverted.
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