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noun British English pronunciation: diversion /daɪˈvɜː(r)ʃ(ə)n/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable] something that is intended to take someone's attention away from something that you do not want them to concentrate on or notice
    create a diversion:

    You create a diversion and I'll run for the door!

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a change in the use or purpose of something

    This would result in a massive diversion of funds.

  3. 3
    [countable] formal an activity that you do for fun

    sightseeing, museum visits, and other pleasant diversions

  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] British a change in the road or path that you take to get somewhere because the usual road or path is closed

    The closure of the bridge has caused lengthy diversions.

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