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divert


di·vert  (d-vûrt, d-)
v. di·vert·ed, di·vert·ing, di·verts
v.tr.
1. To turn aside from a course or direction: Traffic was diverted around the scene of the accident.
2. To distract: My attention was diverted by an argument between motorists.
3. To entertain by distracting the attention from worrisome thoughts or cares; amuse. See Synonyms at amuse.
v.intr.
To turn aside.

[Middle English diverten, from Old French divertir, from Latin dvertere : d-, dis-, aside; see dis- + vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.]

di·verter n.
di·verting·ly adv.
divert

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