from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To turn aside from a course.
  • v. To distract.
  • v. To entertain or amuse (by diverting the attention)
  • v. To turn aside; to digress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To turn aside; to digress.
  • transitive v. To turn aside; to turn off from any course or intended application; to deflect
  • transitive v. To turn away from any occupation, business, or study; to cause to have lively and agreeable sensations; to amuse; to entertain

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To turn aside or away; change the direction or course of; cause to move or act in a different line or manner: as, to divert a stream from its bed; to divert the mind from its troubles; he was diverted from his purpose.
  • To turn to a different point or end; change the aim or destination of; draw to another course, purpose, or destiny.
  • To turn from customary or serious occupation; furnish diversion to; amuse; entertain.
  • To subvert; destroy.
  • Synonyms To draw away. See absent, a.
  • Amuse, Divert, Entertain, etc. (see amuse); to delight, exhilarate.
  • To turn aside; turn out of one's way; digress.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. withdraw (money) and move into a different location, often secretly and with dishonest intentions
  • v. turn aside; turn away from
  • v. occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion
  • v. send on a course or in a direction different from the planned or intended one


Middle English diverten, from Old French divertir, from Latin dīvertere : dī-, dis-, aside; see dis- + vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English diverten, from Old French divertir ("to turn or go different ways, part, separate, divert"), from di- ("apart") + vertere ("to turn"); see verse. (Wiktionary)



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