divert

To divert means to shift or turn from one thing to another. A magician might attempt to divert your attention as he shoves the rabbit into the hat.

The police will divert traffic if there has been an accident that blocks the road, and it's a good idea to divert some of your income into a savings account so you don't spend it all. Are you throwing a surprise party for a friend at his house? Have a neighbor divert him for a little while if he comes home early so that you can finish getting ready. While these uses concern physically guiding something to a different location, divert can also be used to mean "distract" or "entertain." If your friend can't stop worrying about her grades, you might want to divert her with the latest school gossip.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: divert

1
v
turn aside; turn away from
2
v
occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: divert
1

v turn aside; turn away from

Synonyms:
deviate
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yaw
deviate erratically from a set course
detour
travel via a detour
depart, digress, sidetrack, straggle
wander from a direct or straight course
hunt
yaw back and forth about a flight path
Type of:
turn
change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

v send on a course or in a direction different from the planned or intended one

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route
divert in a specified direction
deviate
cause to turn away from a previous or expected course
perturb
cause a celestial body to deviate from a theoretically regular orbital motion, especially as a result of interposed or extraordinary gravitational pull
perturb
disturb or interfere with the usual path of an electron or atom
shunt
provide with or divert by means of an electrical shunt
Type of:
direct, send
cause to go somewhere

v withdraw (money) and move into a different location, often secretly and with dishonest intentions

Synonyms:
hive off
Type of:
draw, draw off, take out, withdraw
remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)
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v occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion

Synonyms:
amuse, disport
Type of:
entertain
provide entertainment for
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