To divert is to change or redirect something. If you divert the water away from a dam, you're preventing it from flooding the town below.

  • The road was diverted to make room for the new development.

  • The teacher wanted to divert the students' attention from the test by having them talk.

Definition of diverts


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


hive off


occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion


amuse, disport


turn aside; turn away from




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

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Example Sentences for diverts

  • 1

    The driver diverted the direction.

  • 2

    A diverting inlet diverts a small portion of the water from the pipe.

  • 3

    The event diverted the situation.

  • 4

    It will involve diverting the road to the west.

  • 5

    The 'diverting point' is the incarnation of Vaikundar.

  • 6

    The man diverted the steering wheel.

  • 7

    This idea was the diverting the Huancabamba to the Pacific Ocean.

  • 8

    He's diverting the issue to the Kayanid origin etc.

  • 9

    He attempted to flood the capital by diverting the river.

  • 10

    The first job they faced was diverting the river Lagares.