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verb [transitive] divert pronunciation in American English /dɪˈvɜrt/divert pronunciation in American English /daɪˈvɜrt/
Word Forms
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 people’s 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.



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