- 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.
- 2divert something to use money, materials, etc. for a different purpose from their original purpose
- 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.
- 4divert somebody (formal) to entertain people Children are easily diverted. Word Origin late Middle English: via French from Latin divertere, from di-
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//