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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 Newark because of the storm. to use something for a different purpose: Should more funds/money/resources be diverted from roads into railways?

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. formal to entertain someone: It's a great game for diverting restless kids on long car rides .
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