What does divert mean?

Definitions for divert
dɪˈvɜrt, daɪ-di·vert

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deviate, divert(verb)

    turn aside; turn away from

  2. divert(verb)

    send on a course or in a direction different from the planned or intended one

  3. amuse, divert, disport(verb)

    occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion

    "The play amused the ladies"

  4. divert, hive off(verb)

    withdraw (money) and move into a different location, often secretly and with dishonest intentions


  1. divert(Verb)

    To turn aside from a course.

    The workers diverted the stream away from the road.

    Etymology: From diverten, from divertir, from di- + vertere; see verse.

  2. divert(Verb)

    To distract.

    Don't let him divert your attention; keep your eye on the ball.

    Etymology: From diverten, from divertir, from di- + vertere; see verse.

  3. divert(Verb)

    To entertain or amuse (by diverting the attention)

    Etymology: From diverten, from divertir, from di- + vertere; see verse.

  4. divert(Verb)

    To turn aside; to digress.

    I diverted to see one of the prince's palaces. uE000163762uE001 Evelyn.

    Etymology: From diverten, from divertir, from di- + vertere; see verse.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Divert(verb)

    to turn aside; to turn off from any course or intended application; to deflect; as, to divert a river from its channel; to divert commerce from its usual course

  2. Divert(verb)

    to turn away from any occupation, business, or study; to cause to have lively and agreeable sensations; to amuse; to entertain; as, children are diverted with sports; men are diverted with works of wit and humor

  3. Divert(verb)

    to turn aside; to digress

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Divert

    di-vėrt′, v.t. to turn aside: to change the direction of: to turn the mind from business or study: to amuse.—n. Divert′imento (obs.), diversion: (mus.) a ballet-interlude.—adj. Divert′ing.—adv. Divert′ingly.—n. Divert′isement, diversion: a short ballet between the acts of a play.—adj. Divert′ive, tending to divert. [Fr.,—L. divertĕre, diversumdis, aside, vertĕre, to turn.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'divert' in Verbs Frequency: #1007

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of divert in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of divert in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of divert in a Sentence

  1. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu:

    The claim of responsibility by TAK, a PKK offshoot, aims to divert attention from the YPG. Whether it's KCK, YPG, PKK, TAK or PJAK, they are all part of the same terrorist structure.

  2. Forrest Claypool:

    With scarce resources, staff furloughs and painful budget cuts, CPS is keeping a close watch on every dollar, barbara Byrd-Bennett and her co-conspirators knew the district's dire straits and still concocted this scheme to divert needed resources away from classrooms and line their own pockets.

  3. Thomas Rivera Schatz:

    It was a difficult decision for him and his family, but it was the right one, to the people of Puerto Rico, we assure you that our efforts to improve the quality of life here... will remain strong, and nothing will divert us from said goal.

  4. Shin Bet:

    Claims to the effect that they are being denied their rights in violation of the law are without any foundation and are designed to divert discussion from the severe accusations for which the suspects are being held and questioned.

  5. Mike Pompeo:

    We thought could divert our resources away from alliances, and our militaries. We were wrong, today, Russia – led by a former KGB officer once stationed in Dresden ? invades its neighbors and slays political opponents.

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  • تحويلArabic
  • отклонявам, отвличамBulgarian
  • desviarCatalan, Valencian
  • umlenken, umleiten, ablenkenGerman
  • distraer, entretener, desviarSpanish
  • harhauttaaFinnish
  • dévier, divertirFrench
  • amuzar, distraktarIdo
  • whakapeauMāori
  • отклоня́ть, развле́чь, отклони́ть, забавля́ть, позаба́вить, отвлека́ть, отводи́ть, отвле́чь, отвести́, развлека́тьRussian
  • avledaSwedish

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