di·vert /dəˈvɝt, daɪ-/
Di·vert v. t. [imp. & p. p. Diverted; p. pr. & vb. n. Diverting.]
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.
That crude apple that diverted Eve. --Milton.
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.
We are amused by a tale, diverted by a comedy. --C. J. Smith.
Syn: -- To please; gratify; amuse; entertain; exhilarate; delight; recreate. See Amuse.
Di·vert, v. i. To turn aside; to digress. [Obs.]
I diverted to see one of the prince's palaces. --Evelyn.
v 1: turn aside; turn away from [syn: deviate]
2: send on a course or in a direction different from the
planned or intended one
3: occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion;
"The play amused the ladies" [syn: amuse, disport]
4: withdraw (money) and move into a different location, often
secretly and with dishonest intentions [syn: hive off]