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detour

[ dee-toor, dih-toor ]
/ ˈdi tʊər, dɪˈtʊər /
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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.
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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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