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
- 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
- intransitive v. To turn aside; to digress.
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)