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English definition of “diversion”

diversion

noun
 
 
/daɪˈvɜːʃən/
CHANGE [C, U] a change to where something is being sent, so it goes to a different place to that originally intended: the diversion of money to other projectsChanging direction
ROUTE [C] UK (US detour) a different route that is used because a road is closedChanging direction
ATTENTION [C] something that takes your attention away from something else: John created a diversion while the rest of us escaped.Attention-seeking, distracting and showing offCreating a distraction
ENTERTAINMENT [C] an activity you do for entertainment or pleasure: Reading is a pleasant diversion.Pastimes - general words
(Definition of diversion from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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