- 1An instance of turning something aside from its course: a diversion of resources from defense to civil researchMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1British An alternative route for use by traffic when the usual road is temporarily closed; a detour: the road was closed and diversions put into operationMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2An activity that diverts the mind from tedious or serious concerns; a recreation or pastime: our chief diversion was readingMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1Something intended to distract someone’s attention from something more important: a subsidiary raid was carried out on the airfield to create a diversionMore example sentences
- 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).