- serving to divert; entertaining; amusing.
Origin of diverting
- 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 diverting
Day by day, it drives people to distraction by diverting energy to mindless legal compliance.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
It had been a disaster, diverting farmers from the land, draining their grain supplies and ultimately starving millions.How to Hide a Famine with Ping-Pong
January 9, 2014
But, you see, there are some people in whom even despair is diverting!A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
Beauchene called him, as if desirous of diverting him from his gloomy thoughts.Fruitfulness
May it prove as diverting to you as the Matter is really instructive.A Letter to Dion
Amid chit-chat, so diverting, Saint-Prosper finished “posting” the town.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
Diverting those eyes, he displayed a smile that was chill and dental.The Paliser case
- 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 diverting
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.