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[dih-vur-ting, dahy-] /dɪˈvɜr tɪŋ, daɪ-/
serving to divert; entertaining; amusing.
Origin of diverting
1645-55; divert + -ing2
Related forms
divertingly, adverb


[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.
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 diverting
  • One possible solution may involve diverting some allocation of funds from athletics to internationalization efforts.
  • As always, the city's more intimate concerts provide a diverting complement to larger fare.
  • The easily redirected beams could send continuous pulses into clouds, diverting controlled lightning to safe targets.
  • In the case of landfills, diverting materials to recycling also decreases greenhouse gas emissions.
  • On the contrary, society has taken the course of diverting attention from this whole field.
  • diverting food crops into fuel production leads to ever more land clearing as well.
  • Why not plan for that now while diverting potential flood water and protecting lives and property.
  • The presence of a conscious element with diverting methods, is not the ideal lab atmosphere.
  • We borrowed money to finance the war on terrorism rather than diverting other national-security funding or raising taxes.
  • We also have no rational system for identifying and diverting people who aren't dangerous.
British Dictionary definitions for diverting


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 diverting



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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