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Definition of Divert


  1. To turn aside; to turn off from any course or intended application; to deflect; as, to divert a river from its channel; to divert commerce from its usual course.
  2. To turn away from any occupation, business, or study; to cause to have lively and agreeable sensations; to amuse; to entertain; as, children are diverted with sports; men are diverted with works of wit and humor.
  3. To turn aside; to digress.

Divert Quotations

Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old.
Winston Churchill

Of course I believe imaginative architecture can make a difference to people's lives, but I wish it was possible to divert some of the effort we put into ambitious museums and galleries into the basic architectural building blocks of society.
Zaha Hadid

Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates.
Samuel Johnson

I started out in life as a poet; I was only writing poetry all through my 20s. It wasn't until I was about 30 that I got serious about writing prose. While I was writing poems, I would often divert myself by reading detective novels; I liked them.
Paul Auster

I've never had a bank account in Switzerland since 1984. Why would the Swiss do this to me? Maybe the Swiss are trying to divert attention from the Holocaust gold scandal.
Benazir Bhutto
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Divert Translations

divert in Dutch is afleiden, verstrooien
divert in French is distraire
divert in German is ableiten, umleiten, umleiten
divert in Latin is avoco
divert in Norwegian is avlede, omdirigere, adspre
divert in Spanish is apartar, desviar