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

     

    divert

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//daɪˈvɜːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈvɜːrt//
     
    divert somebody/something (from something) (to something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they divert
    BrE BrE//daɪˈvɜːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈvɜːrt//
     
    he / she / it diverts
    BrE BrE//daɪˈvɜːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈvɜːrts//
     
    past simple diverted
    BrE BrE//daɪˈvɜːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈvɜːrtɪd//
     
    past participle diverted
    BrE BrE//daɪˈvɜːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈvɜːrtɪd//
     
    -ing form diverting
    BrE BrE//daɪˈvɜːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈvɜːrtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1to make somebody/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 somebody’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.
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: via French from Latin divertere, from di- ‘aside’ + vertere ‘to turn’.
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