Learner's definition of DIVERT
to change the direction or use of (something)
Police diverted traffic to a side street.
The stream was diverted toward the farmland.
They were charged with illegally diverting public funds for private use.
to take (attention) away from someone or something
to take the attention of (someone) away from something or someone
to entertain (someone)
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