What does divert mean?

Definitions for divert
dɪˈvɜrt, daɪ-di·vert

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deviate, divertverb

    turn aside; turn away from

  2. divertverb

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

  3. amuse, divert, disportverb

    occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion

    "The play amused the ladies"

  4. divert, hive offverb

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


  1. divertverb

    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. divertverb

    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. divertverb

    To entertain or amuse (by diverting the attention)

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

  4. divertverb

    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. Divertverb

    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. Divertverb

    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. Divertverb

    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.]

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    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. Chuck Schumer:

    Most presidents have used (White House) Oval Office addresses for noble purposes. This president just used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration.

  2. Henri Grissino-Mayer:

    I was stunned when I read this this morning, california does NOT divert water to Pacific Ocean. Ridiculous.

  3. Dawoud Shehab:

    Israel is trying to divert attention from the defeat that it suffered in the face of the determination of the hero prisoner, Mohammed Allan.

  4. Samuel Johnson:

    Such is the common process of marriage. A youth and maiden exchange meeting by chance, or brought together by artifice, exchange glances, reciprocate civilities, go home, and dream of one another. Having little to divert attention, or diversify thought, they find themselves uneasy when they are apart, and therefore conclude that they shall be happy together. They marry, and discover what nothing but voluntary blindness had before concealed they wear out life in altercations, and charge nature with cruelty.

  5. United States:

    Sometimes you might have people who like to create tension, be combative, go to war to divert attention.

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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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