Definition of divert in English:


Line breaks: di¦vert
Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈvəːt
, dɪ-/


[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, draw away, turn aside, head off, deflect, avert, transfer, 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 (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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  • 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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