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"diversion" in British English

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diversionnoun

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 ​minimumthroughout the ​festival. [C or U] the ​fact of something being ​sentsomewhere different from where it was ​originallyintended to go: the diversion of ​money to other ​projects
  • diversion noun (TAKING ATTENTION)

[C] something that ​takesyourattention 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 tacticintended to ​distractattention from the ​realproblems.
(Definition of diversion from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"diversion" in American English

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diversionnoun

 us   /dɪˈvɜr·ʒən, dɑɪ-/
  • diversion noun (CHANGE OF DIRECTION)

[C/U] the ​act of causing something or someone to ​turn in a different ​direction, or to be used for a different ​purpose: [U] A ​snowstormclosed the ​airport, and the diversion of ​airtraffic was ​thereforenecessary. [C] diversions of ​money into other ​projects
  • diversion noun (ENJOYABLE ACTIVITY)

[C] an ​action that ​takesattention away from something, esp. one that gives ​pleasure or ​enjoyment: This lawyer-bachelor ​devoted his ​life to the Senate, his only ​real diversion being ​baseball.
(Definition of diversion from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"diversion" in Business English

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diversionnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /daɪˈvɜːʃən/
the ​act of using something in a different way from what was originally ​planned: There has been a diversion of ​resources away from new ​infrastructureprojects.
COMMERCE the ​act of ​sellinggoods in a ​market for which they were not intended, usually without the ​knowledge or ​permission of the ​originalseller: It is difficult for many ​states to prevent the diversion of ​arms toillicitmarkets.
(Definition of diversion from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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