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Syllabification: di·ver·sion
Pronunciation: /dəˈvərZHən
, dīˈvərZHən

Definition of diversion in English:


1An instance of turning something aside from its course: a diversion of resources from defense to civil research
More 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.
rerouting, redirection, deflection, deviation, divergence
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 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, bypass, deviation, alternative route
2An activity that diverts the mind from tedious or serious concerns; a recreation or pastime: our chief diversion was reading
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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.
fun, recreation, rest and relaxation, pleasure
informal R and R
dated sport
2.1Something intended to distract someone’s 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.


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



Pronunciation: /-ˌnerē/
Example sentences
  • 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.

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