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divert

verb [T]  /dɪˈvɜrt, dɑɪ-/ us  

divert verb [T] (CHANGE DIRECTION)

to cause something or someone to turn in a different direction: Our flight was diverted from San Francisco to Oakland because of the fog. To divert something or someone is also to cause the thing or person to be used for a different purpose: The administration had to divert funds from the defense budget to pay for the emergency relief effort.

divert verb [T] (TAKE ATTENTION AWAY)

to take attention away from something: Military action now could divert attention from imminent votes in Congress on health-care legislation. fml To divert can also mean to amuse: The dog kept the children diverted for a while.
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