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  1. di·vert
    IPA[dəˈvərt]
  2. verb

    • 1. cause (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
      Synonym : reroute, redirect, change the course of, draw away, turn aside, head off, deflect, avert, transfer, channel
    • 2. (of a vehicle or person) change course:

      an aircraft has diverted and will be with you shortly
    • 3. reallocate (something, especially money or resources) to a different purpose:

      more of their advertising budget was diverted into promotions
    • 4. draw (the attention) of someone from something:

      public relations policies are sometimes intended to divert attention away from criticism
      Synonym : distract, detract, sidetrack, lead away, draw away, be a distraction, put off, disturb someone's concentration
    • 5. entertain or amuse:

      although the audience members were diverted by this new symphony, critics disliked it
      Synonym : amuse, entertain, distract, titillate, delight, give pleasure to, beguile, enchant, interest, fascinate, occupy, absorb, engross, rivet, grip, hold the attention of, tickle someone's fancy, tickle pink, bowl over, be a hit with, recreate
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: divert, 3rd person present: diverts, gerund or present participle: diverting, past tense: diverted, past participle: diverted

    • verb

      cause (someone or something) to change course or turn from one direction to another:

      (of a vehicle or person) change course:

    • adjective

      entertaining or amusing:
    • adjective

      entertaining or amusing:
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