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divert

[dih-vurt, dahy-] /dɪˈvɜrt, daɪ-/
verb (used with object)
1.
to turn aside or from a path or course; deflect.
2.
British. to route (traffic) on a detour.
3.
to draw off to a different course, purpose, etc.
4.
to distract from serious occupation; entertain or amuse.
verb (used without object)
5.
to turn aside; veer:
It is sad to see so much talent divert to trivial occupations.
Origin of divert
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin dīvertere, equivalent to dī- di-2 + vertere to turn
Related forms
divertedly, adverb
diverter, noun
divertible, adjective
predivert, verb (used with object)
redivert, verb (used with object)
undiverted, adjective
undivertible, adjective
Synonyms
4. delight. See amuse.
Antonyms
4. bore.
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  • Ulick smiled, and the current of his darker mood was diverted.

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  • But she became grave, and was diverted from her own affairs when she observed him more closely.

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British Dictionary definitions for diverted

divert

/daɪˈvɜːt/
verb
1.
to turn (a person or thing) aside from a course; deflect
2.
(transitive) to entertain; amuse
3.
(transitive) to distract the attention of
Derived Forms
diverter, noun
divertible, adjective
diverting, adjective
divertingly, adverb
divertive, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from French divertir, from Latin dīvertere to turn aside, from di-² + vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for diverted

divert

v.

early 15c., from Middle French divertir (14c.), from Latin divertere "to turn in different directions," blended with devertere "turn aside," from dis- "aside" and de- "from" + vertere "to turn" (see versus). Related: Diverted; diverting.

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