Divert Di*vert", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Diverted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Diverting}.] [F. divertir, fr. L. divertere, diversum, to go different ways, turn aside; di- = dis- + vertere to turn. See {Verse}, and cf. {Divorce}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

That crude apple that diverted Eve. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

We are amused by a tale, diverted by a comedy. --C. J. Smith.

Syn: To please; gratify; amuse; entertain; exhilarate; delight; recreate. See {Amuse}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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