AskDefine | Define divert

Dictionary Definition



1 turn aside; turn away from [syn: deviate]
2 send on a course or in a direction different from the planned or intended one
3 occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion; "The play amused the ladies" [syn: amuse, disport]
4 withdraw (money) and move into a different location, often secretly and with dishonest intentions [syn: hive off]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To turn aside from a course.
    The workers diverted the stream away from the road.
  2. To distract.
    Don't let him divert your attention; keep your eye on the ball.

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turn aside

Extensive Definition

Diversion may refer to:
Diversion may also be:
  • A distraction
  • The removal of water via a canal
  • A detour, such as during road construction
  • A hobby or other thing done during spare time
  • Illegal takings of money or food aid from a supply
divert in Slovenian: Diverzija

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