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1  —as in:
a diversion to draw troops away
Definition a distraction — something that draws someone's attention so they don't notice something else
  • The attack on the capital was actually a diversion to draw troops away from the port city.
diversion = distraction (from something more important)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The snowstorm led to the diversion of 23 flights to another airport.
  • diversion = changing the course of something
  • When I need a break, I find detective novels are a good diversion.
  • diversion = form of entertainment
  • The shoplifter had an accomplice who created a diversion.
  • diversion = distraction
  • "ANY kind of diversion!"  I say. "Just distract Mr. Rosa for five or ten seconds. That's all the time I'll need."
    Lincoln Pierce  --  Big Nate - In a Class by Himself
  • diversion = something to draw attention
  • "We just need a diversion," Tally said.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • diversion = distraction
  • Vera, her wits revived by the brandy, made a diversion by saying: "Where's the judge?"
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • diversion = something to change the subject
  • And I'd bet my broomstick he let that troll in, to make a diversion!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • diversion = distraction
  • Bernard's questions made a diversion.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • diversion = distraction (something else for the mind to focus upon)
  • I'll create a diversion.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
diversion = distraction

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2  —as in:
a favorite diversion is reading
Definition something done for entertainment
  • "Then," said he, "every man should have a diversion as well as a profession."
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
diversion = something done for entertainment
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He was a year older than I, and I avoided him on principle: he enjoyed everything I disapproved of, and disliked my ingenuous diversions.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • diversions = things done for fun
  • Our only diversions are reading, studying and listening to the radio.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • diversions = things done for fun
  • That explained blitzball, that explained the nightly meetings of the Super Suicide Society, that explained his insistence that I share all his diversions.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • diversions = things done for fun
  • Before we returned to Harvard, I convinced my parents to take a detour to Niagara Falls. The mood in the car was heavy, and at first I regretted having suggested the diversion, but the moment Dad saw the falls he was transformed, elated.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • diversion = thing for entertainment
  • And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • diversion = something done for entertainment
  • Actually, I'm what a romantic movie is to a profound thinker — a mere diversion, a comic interlude, something that is soon forgotten: not bad, but not particularly good either.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
diversion = thing for entertainment

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3  —as in:
diversion of flights
Definition the act or instance of changing the direction of something or changing the use to which it is put; or a British term for detour (an alternate route due to a road closure)
  • Emasculated by dams and diversion canals, the lower Colorado burbles indolently from reservoir to reservoir through some of the hottest, starkest country on the continent.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
diversion = changing the water flow

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4  —as in:
juvenile diversion program
Definition in law:  an alternative program in place of typical criminal sentencing—such as a drug rehabilitation program rather than felony imprisonment for a first-time offender
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