divert (diverts, present participle diverting; past and past participle diverted)
- (transitive) To turn aside from a course.
- The workers diverted the stream away from the road.
- (transitive) To distract.
- Don't let him divert your attention; keep your eye on the ball.
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- that crude apple that diverted Eve
- (transitive) To entertain or amuse (by diverting the attention)
- We are amused by a tale, diverted by a comedy.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To turn aside; to digress.
- I diverted to see one of the prince's palaces.
- (to lead away from a course) offlead