Definition of divert in English:


Syllabification: di·vert
Pronunciation: /diˈvərt, dī-


[with object]
  • 1Cause (someone or something) to change course or turn from one direction to another: a scheme to divert water from the river to irrigate agricultural land
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    • With such potential being diverted away from worthwhile direction, I must admit that it breaks a little bit of my heart.
    • Another method employs moveable flaps in the rocket motor to divert the exhaust flow direction.
    • By 1920 state and private interests had carved four massive canals to divert water directly into the Atlantic Ocean and create dry farmland.
    reroute, redirect, change the course of, deflect, channel
  • 1.1 [no object] (Of a vehicle or person) change course: an aircraft has diverted and will be with you shortly
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    • Curious, the Mistress of Freeport diverted from her course to have a closer look.
    • Police said the men diverted onto the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway and then onto the Eastern Main Road.
    • The cruise liner diverted from its course to cut down the flying time of the helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth.
  • 1.2Reallocate (something, especially money or resources) to a different purpose: more of their advertising budget was diverted into promotions
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    • Resources will be diverted into intervention and community services.
    • From now on resources will be diverted into the new versions of the PlayStation and X-Box.
    • Money could be diverted into areas where it could be put to better use, such as policing hard core drugs.



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  • Another option being investigated is using a pad on the floor and placing flow diverters over some of the ducts to divert the air upward away from the floor.
  • Commercial roof washers range in price from $100 for a water diverter to $600 for a separate roof washer.
  • Remove the plumbing fixtures, faucet, handles, shower diverter, drain lever, and water valves.


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  • His passion for climatology is divertingly geeky, and delivers his fondest musings.
  • So Simple's chorus features a vocal divertingly speeded up to a cartoon squeak.
  • This disc has little of the wildly inventive eclecticism of his solo production efforts or DJ sets, but it's a divertingly quirky stop-gap.


late Middle English: via French from Latin divertere, from di- 'aside' + vertere 'to turn'.

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