[[t]daɪvɜ͟ː(r)t, AM dɪ-[/t]]
diverts, diverting, diverted
1) V-ERG To divert vehicles or travellers means to make them follow a different route or go to a different destination than they originally intended. You can also say that someone or something diverts from a particular route or to a particular place. [BRIT]

[V n from/to n] ...Rainham Marshes, east London, where a new bypass will divert traffic from the A13...

[V n from/to n] During the strike, ambulances will be diverted to private hospitals...

[V n] We diverted a plane to rescue 100 passengers...

[V from/to n] She insists on diverting to a village close to the airport...

[V-ed] The capital remained jammed with diverted traffic.

(in AM, use detour)
2) VERB To divert money or resources means to cause them to be used for a different purpose.

[V n prep/adv] The government is trying to divert more public funds from west to east.

[V n prep/adv] ...government departments involved in diverting resources into community care. [Also V n]

3) VERB To divert a phone call means to send it to a different number or place from the one that was dialled by the person making the call.

[V n prep/adv] He instructed switchboard staff to divert all Laura's calls to him...

[V n prep/adv] Customers will only incur additional call charges if the call is diverted outside the UK. [Also V n]

4) VERB (disapproval) If you say that someone diverts your attention from something important or serious, you disapprove of them behaving or talking in a way that stops you thinking about it.

[V n prep/adv] They want to divert the attention of the people from the real issues...

[V n prep/adv] The President needed to divert attention away from his own economic record. [Also V n]


English dictionary. 2008.


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