[ dih-vur-zhuhn, -shuhn, dahy- ]
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  1. the act of diverting or turning aside, as from a course or purpose: a diversion of industry into the war effort.

  2. a channel made to divert the flow of water from one course to another or to direct the flow of water draining from a piece of ground.

  1. British. a detour on a highway or road.

  2. distraction from business, care, etc.; recreation; amusement; a pastime: Movies are his favorite diversion.

  3. Military. a feint intended to draw off attention from the point of main attack.

Origin of diversion

1590–1600; <Medieval Latin dīversiōn- (stem of dīversiō), equivalent to Latin dīvers(us) diverse + -iōn--ion

Other words from diversion

  • pre·di·ver·sion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for diversion


/ (daɪˈvɜːʃən) /

  1. the act of diverting from a specified course

  2. mainly British an official detour used by traffic when a main route is closed

  1. something that distracts from business, etc; amusement

  2. military a feint attack designed to draw an enemy away from the main attack

Derived forms of diversion

  • diversional or diversionary, adjective

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