divert

[ dih-vurt, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈvɜrt, daɪ- /

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

to turn aside; veer: It is sad to see so much talent divert to trivial occupations.

Nearby words

  1. diversion,
  2. diversional,
  3. diversionary,
  4. diversionist,
  5. diversity,
  6. diverticular disease,
  7. diverticulectomy,
  8. diverticulitis,
  9. diverticuloma,
  10. diverticulosis

Origin of divert

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin dīvertere, equivalent to dī- di-2 + vertere to turn

Related forms

Synonym study

4. See amuse.

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British Dictionary definitions for divert

divert

/ (daɪˈvɜːt) /

verb

to turn (a person or thing) aside from a course; deflect
(tr) to entertain; amuse
(tr) to distract the attention of
Derived Forms

Word Origin for divert

C15: from French divertir, from Latin dīvertere to turn aside, from di- ² + vertere to turn

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Word Origin and History for divert

divert

v.

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.

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