diversion

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 [daɪˈv3ːrʃən]



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
di•ver•sion /dɪˈvɜrʒən, daɪ-/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. the act of diverting: [countable]a diversion of industry into the war effort.[uncountable]urging diversion of resources toward the poor and middle classes.
  2. [countable]
    • a distraction away from business, care, or what one is paying attention to:I took advantage of the diversion to scribble a note.
    • a recreation or pastime:His only diversion these days is golf.
  3. Military[countable] a false attack intended to draw off attention from the point of main attack.
  4. Civil Engineering[countable] a channel made to change the flow of water from one course to another.
  5. British Terms[countable]a detour on a highway or road.
See -vert-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
di•ver•sion  (di vûrzhən, -shən, dī-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act of diverting or turning aside, as from a course or purpose:a diversion of industry into the war effort.
  2. a channel made to divert the flow of water from one course to another or to direct the flow of water draining from a piece of ground.
  3. British Termsa detour on a highway or road.
  4. distraction from business, care, etc.;
    recreation;
    amusement;
    a pastime:Movies are his favorite diversion.
  5. Militarya feint intended to draw off attention from the point of main attack.
  • Medieval Latin dīversiōn- (stem of dīversiō), equivalent. to Latin dīvers(us) diverse + -iōn- -ion
  • 1590–1600


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

diversion /daɪˈvɜːʃən/ n
  1. the act of diverting from a specified course
  2. chiefly Brit an official detour used by traffic when a main route is closed
  3. something that distracts from business, etc; amusement
  4. a feint attack designed to draw an enemy away from the main attack

diˈversional, diˈversionary adj



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