divert

[dih-vurt, dahy-]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin dīvertere, equivalent to dī- di-2 + vertere to turn

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.
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divert (daɪˈvɜːt)
 
vb
1.  to turn (a person or thing) aside from a course; deflect
2.  (tr) to entertain; amuse
3.  (tr) to distract the attention of
 
[C15: from French divertir, from Latin dīvertere to turn aside, from di-² + vertere to turn]
 
di'verter
 
n
 
di'vertible
 
adj
 
di'verting
 
adj
 
di'vertingly
 
adv
 
di'vertive
 
adj

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divert
early 15c., from M.Fr. divertir, from L. divertere "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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Example sentences
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.
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