Definition of diversion in English:

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Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈvəːʃ(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /dɪˈvəːʃ(ə)n/


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.
distraction, disturbance, smokescreen


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

Words that rhyme with diversion

animadversion, aspersion, assertion, aversion, bioconversion, Cistercian, coercion, conversion, desertion, disconcertion, dispersion, emersion, excursion, exertion, extroversion, immersion, incursion, insertion, interspersion, introversion, Persian, perversion, submersion, subversion, tertian, version

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