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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.
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 diverts
  • And all provoke the host's immune system into activity, which diverts resources from other things.
  • Adipose tissue responds to high insulin levels and diverts calories into fat.
  • Surviving militants are forced to operate far more cautiously, which diverts their energy from planning new attacks.
  • Condescension does not add anything to the debate and diverts.
  • When he takes home an uninfected partner, he diverts that partner from a potentially more dangerous liaison.
  • diverts traffic to frontage road and strategic arterials.
  • Mulching green organics diverts these compostable materials from our landfill and is healthy for our environment.
  • The program diverts people from publicly funded programs by helping them to help themselves.
  • It diverts yard debris and food scraps from the landfill by turning them into compost for local parks and gardens.
British Dictionary definitions for diverts


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 diverts



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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