Definition of diversion in English:


Line breaks: di|ver|sion
Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈvəːʃ(ə)n
, dɪ-/


  • 1 [mass noun] The action of turning something aside from its course: the diversion of resources from defence to civil research
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    • Aside from the slight diversion into the life story of his brother's weird friend, it had been a relatively normal session.
    • A diversion is planned for users of the footpath so that it runs to the south of Marine Lake.
    • In the past there have been cases of over-expenditure and diversion of some resources.
    rerouting, redirection, turning aside, deflection, digression, deviation, divergence
  • 1.1The action of reallocating something: the diversion of funds to the Contras
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    • The Reserve Bank of India has detected over 1,000 cases of fund diversion by corporate bodies.
    • In such states, the risk of diversion of funds and of corruption is extremely high.
    • Also, funds earmarked for aviation always risk political diversion or delay in favor of other more favored projects.
  • 1.2 [count noun] British An alternative route for use by traffic when the usual road is temporarily closed: the road was closed and diversions put into operation
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    • Drivers can expect a string of temporary traffic lights and diversions in the coming months as nearly £1m of road repairs begin.
    • Then I got tangled in a confusion of traffic jams, roadworks, diversions and obscure road signs.
    • There will be traffic diversions, contra-flow systems and some road closures during the course of the work.
    detour, deviation, alternative route, bypass
  • 2An activity that diverts the mind from tedious or serious concerns; a recreation or pastime: our chief diversion was reading [mass noun]: people in search of diversion
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    • Racing games to me are palate cleansers, lite diversions in between more serious gaming experiences.
    • One of my favourite diversions is to ‘re-create’ some company memos for circulation within a very select group of people I can trust.
    • No assortment of programs, activities or diversions will fill the void if a relational context is missing in a parish.
    entertainment, amusement, recreation, pastime, game, hobby; fun, relaxation, rest and relaxation, relief, play, pleasure, delight, merriment, enjoyment, beguilement
    informal jollies, R and R
    North American informal rec
    dated sport
    rare divertissement
  • 2.1Something intended to distract attention from something more important: a subsidiary raid was carried out on the airfield to create a diversion
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    • There was only one possible way to distract the world's attention: create a diversion.
    • ‘They allowed me to create diversions in my life, to be able to get away from playing golf,’ he says.
    • Creating a diversion allowed the NCAA selection committee to elude criticism for its most problematic bracketing in recent years.



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  • You ignore my arguments, and then proceed to issue a truckload of nonsense - based upon false premises, and diversionary tactics.
  • The representatives of local treatment agencies, diversionary projects and the Probation and Welfare Service should be brought on board.
  • Still, the challenge of lowering the lake isn't just economic or technical - diversionary tunnels could drain it in a year.


late Middle English: from late Latin diversio(n-), from Latin divertere 'turn aside' (see divert).

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