- 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.
- to turn aside; veer: It is sad to see so much talent divert to trivial occupations.
Origin of divert
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Examples from the Web for diverted
Producing one H-bomb would have diverted enough resources to produce 80 atomic warheads.I Saw Nuclear Armageddon Sitting on My Desk
November 10, 2014
When they told flight attendants they had been to West Africa, alarm bells rang and the flight was diverted.Europe’s Hidden Ebola Cases
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 15, 2014
But as the battle raged near the edge of the runway all flights had to be diverted to other cities.Kabul Airport Attack Comes as Pakistani Fighters Join Afghan Taliban
July 17, 2014
When that garbage is diverted into a vat of energy-producing soup, it becomes a penny earned.
Every piece of garbage that is diverted from a landfill is a penny saved.
Nor was he ever diverted from his predilections by mere fashion or novelty.De Libris: Prose and Verse
My roving excursion this day had fatigued my body, and diverted my imagination.The Adventures of Colonel Daniel Boone
Harriot Freke, even whilst she diverted me most, I half despised.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
You and yours are to find that I can be constant, and am not to be diverted from my end.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
And Prada, diverted by the meeting, whispered to Pierre: "Wait a bit, he'll amuse us."The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- to turn (a person or thing) aside from a course; deflect
- (tr) to entertain; amuse
- (tr) to distract the attention of
Word Origin and History for diverted
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.