Definition of divert in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈvərt/
Pronunciation: /dīˈvərt/


[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.
2Distract (someone or their attention) from something: public relations policies are sometimes intended to divert attention away from criticism
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  • As memes evolve, they become better and better at distracting and diverting us from whatever we'd really like to be doing with our lives.
  • If you want to stop your baby doing something, the best way is to quickly distract and divert her onto a different activity.
  • Her attempt to get his attention only partially diverted him.
distract, sidetrack, disturb, draw away, be a distraction, put off
2.1 (usually as adjective diverting) Draw the attention of (someone) away from tedious or serious concerns; entertain or amuse: a diverting book nursery rhymes can calm and divert all but the most fractious child
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  • Sitting in the pub at lunchtime with his nibs, a pint and a good book was far more entertaining and diverting.
  • Needless to say, I wanted to put the book aside, because it is not entertaining or diverting.
  • I was diverted and entertained, but never truly absorbed.
amuse, entertain, distract, delight, enchant, interest, fascinate, absorb, engross, rivet, grip, hold the attention of
entertaining, amusing, enjoyable, pleasing, agreeable, delightful, appealing;
interesting, fascinating, intriguing, absorbing, riveting, compelling;
humorous, funny, witty, comical



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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'.

Words that rhyme with divert

advert, alert, animadvert, assert, avert, Bert, blurt, Burt, cert, chert, concert, controvert, convert, curt, desert, dessert, dirt, exert, flirt, girt, hurt, inert, insert, introvert, Kurt, malapert, overt, pert, quirt, shirt, skirt, spirt, spurt, squirt, Sturt, subvert, vert, wort, yurt

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Syllabification: di·vert

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