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"diversion" in British English

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diversionnoun

uk   /daɪˈvɜː.ʃən/  us   /dɪˈvɝː.ʃən/
  • 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   /daɪˈvɜː.ʃən.ər.i/  us   /dɪˈvɝː.ʃən.er.i/
The proposal was dismissed as a diversionary tactic intended to distract attention from the real problems.
(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 snowstorm closed the airport, and the diversion of air traffic was therefore necessary. [C] diversions of money into other projects
  • diversion noun (ENJOYABLE ACTIVITY)

[C] an action that takes attention 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 infrastructure projects.
COMMERCE the act of selling goods in a market for which they were not intended, usually without the knowledge or permission of the original seller: It is difficult for many states to prevent the diversion of arms to illicit markets.
(Definition of diversion from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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