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divert

verb [T] uk   /daɪˈvɜːt/ us    /dɪˈvɝːt/

divert verb [T] (CHANGE DIRECTION)

C2 to cause something or someone to change direction: Traffic will be diverted through the side streets while the main road is resurfaced. Our flight had to be diverted to Stansted because of the storm.Changing direction to use something for a different purpose: Should more funds/money/resources be diverted from roads into railways?Using and misusing

divert verb [T] (TAKE ATTENTION AWAY)

C1 to take someone's attention away from something: The war has diverted attention (away) from the country's economic problems.Celebrating and entertainingCreating a distraction formal to entertain someone: It's a marvellous game for diverting restless children on long car journeys.Celebrating and entertaining
(Definition of divert from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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