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verb [transitive] divert pronunciation in American English /dɪˈvɜrt/divert pronunciation in American English /daɪˈvɜrt/
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present tense
present participlediverting
past tensediverted
past participlediverted

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  1. 1
    to make something move or travel in a different direction
    divert someone/something from something: Police are trying to divert traffic away from the trouble spot.
  2. 2
    to use something for a purpose that is different from its original or main purpose
    divert someone/something from something: In an emergency, workers will be diverted from less urgent tasks to help out.
    divert someone/something to something: Teachers called on the government to divert the extra money to schools.
  3. 3
    to do something to take peoples attention away from something that you do not want them to concentrate on or notice
    divert something from someone/something: Cooper claims that the state used the investigation to divert attention from its financial problems.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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