Divert - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |daɪˈvɜːrt|  American pronunciation of the word divert
Brit.  |dʌɪˈvəːt|  British pronunciation of the word divert


- turn aside; turn away from (syn: deviate)
- send on a course or in a direction different from the planned or intended one
- occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion (syn: amuse, disport)
- withdraw (money) and move into a different location, often secretly and with dishonest intentions


Police diverted traffic to a side street.

The stream was diverted toward the farmland.

They were charged with illegally diverting public funds for private use.

He lied to divert attention from the real situation.

They're only proposing the law to divert attention from important issues.

To prevent flooding, we shall have to divert the river from its course.

Traffic is being diverted (on)to a side road because of the accident.

The company should divert more resources into research.

Officials diverted revenue from arms sales to the rebels.

Canals divert water from the Truckee River into the lake.

The high street is closed and traffic is being diverted.

Remember to divert your phone when you are out of the office.

The crime crackdown is an attempt to divert attention from social problems.

He'd been trying to divert suspicion away from himself.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: divert
he/she/it: diverts
present participle: diverting
past tense: diverted
past participle: diverted
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