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English definition of “detour”

detour

noun [C]     /ˈdiː.tɔːr/ US  /-tʊr/
a different or less direct route to a place that is used to avoid a problem or to visit somewhere or do something on the way: You'd be wise to make (US also take) a detour to avoid the roadworks.Routes and roads in generalChanging direction detour     verb [I or T] mainly US We had to detour around the town, so it took us longer than usual.Changing direction
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