British. a detour on a highway or road.
distraction from business, care, etc.; recreation; amusement; a pastime: Movies are his favorite diversion.
Military. a feint intended to draw off attention from the point of main attack.
- pre·di·ver·sion, noun
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How to use diversion in a sentence
The report authors wrote that the diversion program has faced challenges.MTS Review Recommends Changes, But Stops Short of Sweeping Assessments | Lisa Halverstadt | February 5, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Cats, on other hand, have nothing to learn from philosophy because they have no need for diversion.Everything is awful. Here’s a Q&A with a philosopher about why cats rule. | Sean Illing | January 15, 2021 | Vox
Living surrounded by working farms has served up diversion and an ideal spot for socially distanced visits.Actor Bobby Smith on making a living in a pandemic | Patrick Folliard | January 14, 2021 | Washington Blade
The diversions I had brought — a book, surfing my phone, journaling — were less appealing, and I tried going to the cafe car for a change of perspective.Aboard Amtrak’s Crescent, surprising comfort and welcome seclusion on a slow train to Mississippi | Scott Butterworth | January 1, 2021 | Washington Post
It also rolled out a new diversion program late last year that allows homeless San Diegans facing a ticket or an arrest to avoid prosecution and fines if they agree to stay in one of the nonprofit’s shelters for 30 days.
Some see it as a diversion from the main political objectives of calling for direct elections.
Only then did most of those present hear about the diversion.
Also attending was Regan, who told investigators the president had been “crestfallen” at hearing about the diversion.
The NSPG meeting defined the official line on the HAWK deal, but it did not address the funding diversion.
The public health implications of diversion have probably only begun to be elucidated.
It may be that the expedition was intended first to operate as a diversion, and then to join Bruce himself in Nithsdale.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
Drafted also a long cable discussing a diversion on the Asiatic shore of the Dardanelles.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
When a point needed expounding, a horseback ride into Rosewater was not an unwelcome diversion.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
You have allowed yourself a little diversion at our expense; very fine, indeed, Herr Captain Worse.Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
If one used water even to supply his cattle, it would be a diversion, yet such a use ordinarily is lawful.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
British Dictionary definitions for diversion
the act of diverting from a specified course
mainly British an official detour used by traffic when a main route is closed
something that distracts from business, etc; amusement
military a feint attack designed to draw an enemy away from the main attack
- diversional or diversionary, adjective
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