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[dih-vurt, dahy-] /dɪˈvɜrt, daɪ-/
verb (used with object)
to turn aside or from a path or course; deflect.
British. to route (traffic) on a detour.
to draw off to a different course, purpose, etc.
to distract from serious occupation; entertain or amuse.
verb (used without object)
to turn aside; veer:
It is sad to see so much talent divert to trivial occupations.
Origin of divert
late Middle English
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
4. delight. See amuse.
4. bore. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for diverted
  • Water long used for irrigation is being diverted to cities and towns.
  • He flaunts their absence, and the effect is that one's attention is soon diverted.
  • And he diverted a sudden gleeful kiss into a filial salute.
  • He believes that water should be diverted from agriculture to industry.
  • Increasingly, students were diverted into college-prep courses instead.
  • Finally, the purser said that if they didn't drop the matter the flight would be diverted.
  • He requested that traffic be diverted from the roundabout that evening.
  • As more water was diverted for agriculture, less and less river water flowed into the sea.
  • In the womb, they diverted blood away from our inactive lungs.
  • Adapted to soggy soils, the species suffers where wetlands are filled or groundwater is diverted.
British Dictionary definitions for diverted


to turn (a person or thing) aside from a course; deflect
(transitive) to entertain; amuse
(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



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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