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divert

di·vert

divert

 
 
pronunciation:
dih vuhrt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: diverted, diverting, diverts
definition 1: to turn aside or away from something.
The police are diverting traffic because of the parade.
synonyms:
deflect
similar words:
avert, swerve, switch
definition 2: to draw away from; distract.
A loud crash diverted my attention.
 
synonyms:
distract
similar words:
engage, occupy
definition 3: to draw away from serious matters; amuse.
While his mother was gone, we diverted the baby with his favorite toys.
synonyms:
amuse, entertain
similar words:
delight, occupy
derivations: divertible (adj.), divertedly (adv.), diverter (n.)