1. serving to divert; entertaining; amusing.

verb (used with object)

  1. to turn aside or from a path or course; deflect.
  2. British. to route (traffic) on a detour.
  3. to draw off to a different course, purpose, etc.
  4. to distract from serious occupation; entertain or amuse.

verb (used without object)

  1. to turn aside; veer: It is sad to see so much talent divert to trivial occupations.


  1. to turn (a person or thing) aside from a course; deflect
  2. (tr) to entertain; amuse
  3. (tr) to distract the attention of

early 15c., from Middle French divertir (14c.), from Latin divertere “to turn in different directions,” blended with devertere “turn aside,” from dis- “aside” and de- “from” + vertere “to turn” (see versus). Related: Diverted; diverting.

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