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detour

noun [C]  /ˈdi·tʊər/ us  
a way of getting to a place that is indirect and longer than the usual way, and which is taken in order to avoid a particular problem or to do something special: You’re advised to take a detour to avoid the road construction. We made a little detour to drop Sarah off on the way home.
detour
verb [I]  /ˈdi·tʊər/ us  
We had to detour around the flooded road.
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