V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to redirect; 2. to distract attention or change purpose; 3. to amuse or entertain

Synonyms: distract, deflect, diverge, shunt, sidetrack, redirect, amuse, entertain

Antonyms: focus, bore

Tips: Divert comes from the Latin divertere, which means "to turn aside." If someone is looking to one side and then you divert his attention, you are inducing him to "turn aside" and look in another direction; you are diverting his attention. One can divert incoming calls directly to voicemail to avoid interruptions. The related noun is diversion and denotes distraction or amusement.

Usage Examples:

Nothing could divert my attention from the World Cup game on TV. (deflect, distract)

The criminal decided to divert funds into an offshore account. (redirect)

During a power crisis, energy companies preventively divert electricity flows. (deflect, redirect)

Going to see a movie might be a good diversion from my recent worries. (distraction) noun

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