- to turn aside or from a path or course; deflect.
- British. to route (traffic) on a detour.
- to draw off to a different course, purpose, etc.
- to distract from serious occupation; entertain or amuse.
- to turn aside; veer: It is sad to see so much talent divert to trivial occupations.
Origin of divert
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Examples from the Web for divert
But the fact that they have had to divert funds and resources for Ebola means their original objectives have been sidetracked.What’s Worse Than Ebola in West Africa? Almost Everything
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 23, 2014
Three planes have been forced to divert because of fights over reclining seats.Solution to Seat Rage: No More Reclining
September 4, 2014
Next to you is a signal switch that will divert the train down a sidetrack or “spur.”Would You Kill the Fat Man? And Other Conundrums
December 6, 2013
It was either cut pensions and benefits or lay off workers and divert money from schools and infrastructure.Scott Walker Is the Perfect Republican Candidate for 2016 (on Paper)
November 20, 2013
We resolve to stay the course, even when storms try to divert us.Why Favoritism Is Virtuous: The Case Against Fairness
Stephen T. Asma
December 7, 2012
Yet I love to divert myself with such grotesque characters too.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
He uncrossed his legs, and made a feeble attempt to divert her thoughts.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
I am not seeking to divert his fury from myself, but to confine it to myself.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
In every possible way he sought to divert his companion's mind.Southern Lights and Shadows
The Merouls, greatly put out, attempted to divert his thoughts.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
- to turn (a person or thing) aside from a course; deflect
- (tr) to entertain; amuse
- (tr) to distract the attention of
Word Origin and History for divert
early 15c., from Middle French divertir (14c.), from Latin divertere "to turn in different directions," blended with devertere "turn aside," from dis- "aside" and de- "from" + vertere "to turn" (see versus). Related: Diverted; diverting.