Definition of "divert" []

  • To turn aside from a course or direction: Traffic was diverted around the scene of the accident. (verb-transitive)
  • To distract: My attention was diverted by an argument between motorists. (verb-transitive)
  • To entertain by distracting the attention from worrisome thoughts or cares; amuse. See Synonyms at amuse. (verb-transitive)
  • To turn aside. (verb-intransitive)
  • To turn (a person or thing) aside from a course; deflect (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To entertain; amuse (verb)
  • To distract the attention of (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "divert" in a sentence
  • "Based on the White House's response to the last leak about Afghanistan, the temptation seems strong to once again divert attention away from accountability."
  • "If someone decides to try and divert from the conventional wisdom, the parties deem them non-viable and pull their support and money."
  • "Of course, the RGA desperately tries to divert from the corruption of Christie's associations with KARL ROVE (of all people), currently under investigation for ethics violation."