• (British) IPA: /daɪˈvɜːt/
  • (America) IPA: /daɪˈvɝt/, /dɪˈvɝt/

divert (diverts, present participle diverting; past and past participle diverted)

  1. (transitive) To turn aside from a course.
    The workers diverted the stream away from the road.
  2. (transitive) To distract.
    Don't let him divert your attention; keep your eye on the ball.
    • [1644], [John Milton], Of Education. To Master Samuel Hartlib, [London: Printed for Thomas Underhill and/or for Thomas Johnson], OCLC 946735316 ↗:
      that crude apple that diverted Eve
  3. (transitive) To entertain or amuse (by diverting the attention)
    • We are amused by a tale, diverted by a comedy.
  4. (obsolete, intransitive) To turn aside; to digress.
    • I diverted to see one of the prince's palaces.
  • (to lead away from a course) offlead
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