[ 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.
Origin of divert
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin dīvertere, equivalent to dī- di-2 + vertere to turn
di·vert·ed·ly, adverbdi·vert·er, noundi·vert·i·ble, adjectivepre·di·vert, verb (used with object)
re·di·vert, verb (used with object)un·di·vert·ed, adjectiveun·di·vert·i·ble, adjective
4. See amuse.
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Examples from the Web for diverter
Diversion of water from an irrigation ditch in which the diverter has no interest is not a very serious offense.Ifugao Law|R. F. Burton
Edna Hill developed new resources as an encourager, a diverter, and an unfailing optimist in regard to the outcome.The Mystery of Murray Davenport|Robert Neilson Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for diverter
/ (daɪˈvɜːt) /
to turn (a person or thing) aside from a course; deflect
(tr) to entertain; amuse
(tr) to distract the attention of
diverter, noundivertible, adjectivediverting, adjectivedivertingly, adverb
Word Origin for divert
C15: from French divertir, from Latin dīvertere to turn aside, from di- ² + vertere to turn
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