Meaning of “divert” - Learner’s Dictionary

divert

verb uk us /daɪˈvɜːt/

[ T ] to send someone or something somewhere different from where they were expecting to go:

The plane was diverted to Newark because of engine trouble.
The police were diverting traffic away from the town.
divert sb's attention/thoughts, etc

to take someone's attention away from something

(Definition of “divert” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)