detour

[ dee-too r, dih-too r ]
/ ˈdi tʊər, dɪˈtʊər /

noun

a roundabout or circuitous way or course, especially one used temporarily when the main route is closed.
an indirect or roundabout procedure, path, etc.

verb (used without object)

to make a detour; go by way of a detour.

verb (used with object)

to cause to make a detour.
to make a detour around: We detoured Birmingham.

Nearby words

  1. detinue,
  2. detmold,
  3. detonate,
  4. detonation,
  5. detonator,
  6. detox,
  7. detoxicant,
  8. detoxicate,
  9. detoxification,
  10. detoxification centre

Origin of detour

1730–40 < French détour, Old French destor, derivative of destorner to turn aside, equivalent to des- de- + torner to turn

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British Dictionary definitions for detour

detour

/ (ˈdiːtʊə) /

noun

a deviation from a direct, usually shorter route or course of action

verb

to deviate or cause to deviate from a direct route or course of action

Word Origin for detour

C18: from French détour, from Old French destorner to divert, turn away, from des- de- + torner to turn

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