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diversion

noun uk   /daɪˈvɜː.ʃən/ us    /dɪˈvɝː-/

diversion noun (CHANGE OF DIRECTION)

[C] UK ( US detour) a different route that is used because a road is closed: Traffic diversions will be kept to a minimum throughout the festival. [C or U] the fact of something being sent somewhere different from where it was originally intended to go: the diversion of money to other projects

diversion noun (TAKING ATTENTION)

[C] something that takes your attention away from something else: Shoplifters often work in pairs, with one creating a diversion to distract the staff while the other steals the goods. [C] formal an activity you do for entertainment: Reading is a pleasant diversion.
diversionary
adjective uk   /-ər.i/ us    /-er.i/
The proposal was dismissed as a diversionary tactic intended to distract attention from the real problems.
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