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verb [transitive] divert pronunciation in British English /daɪˈvɜː(r)t/
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 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 the council used the inquiry to divert attention from their financial problems.
  3. 3
    to use something for a purpose that is different from its original or main purpose
    divert someone/something from something: In an emergency, staff 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.


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