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divert

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1  —as in:
divert the traffic or funds
Definition to change the direction of something, or the purpose for which it is used
  • Some of the water of the Colorado River is diverted to Los Angeles.
diverted = sent in a different direction
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Money that should have been used to help fund the police was diverted.
  • diverted = used for another purpose
  • Traffic was diverted to another road because of the accident.
  • diverted = sent in a different location
  • Flights were diverted from Denver to Colorado Springs because of the weather.
  • diverted = sent to a different location
  • The ambulance was diverted to another hospital because of overcrowding in the emergency room at the closest one.
  • diverted = sent to a different location
  • Gasoline tax revenues were diverted from transportation to the general fund.
  • diverted = used for another purpose
  • Corn was diverted for production of ethanol.
  • diverted = used for another purpose
  • It was the reward of two hours of walking aimlessly around a hardware store to divert suspicion.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • divert = turn away
  • Both street and air traffic had been diverted from the usually choked avenue, and the media was thronged like a busy parade across the wide street.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • diverted = turned in a different direction
  • Juan Tomas went out among the neighbours to divert their suspicions, and he gave them theories and ideas of what had happened to Kino and to Juana and to the baby.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
divert = turn in a different direction

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2  —as in:
divert her attention
Definition to distract someone's attention or (more rarely) to entertain
  • It was seen as an attempt to divert attention from the scandal.
divert = distract or turn
(Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in undiverted means not and reverses the meaning of diverted. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The novel is pleasantly diverting, but filled with historical inaccuracies.
  • diverting = entertaining
  • I tried to divert her attention.
  • divert = distract or turn
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in undiverted means not and reverses the meaning of diverted. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • But may I not venture to suggest that you will find my idea of sport more diverting than Ivan's?
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • diverting = entertaining
  • "Second," he said loudly, ignoring me, "try to divert them by mentioning anything about your therapist."
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • divert = distract
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in undiverted means not and reverses the meaning of diverted. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Thus Elizabeth endeavoured to divert her thoughts and mine from all reflection upon melancholy subjects.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • divert = distract
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in undiverted means not and reverses the meaning of diverted. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • She had set off the fireworks in the elevator to divert suspicion from the real bomber.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • divert = distract
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in undiverted means not and reverses the meaning of diverted. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • The boys I find not nearly so diverting.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • diverting = entertaining
  • No one was diverted from the issue by this try at a funny French pronunciation.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • diverted = distracted
  • Well, people need stories to divert them at difficult times like this.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
divert = distract or entertain
(Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in undiverted means not and reverses the meaning of diverted. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)

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