Definition of diversion in English:



  • 1mass noun The action of turning something aside from its course.

    ‘the diversion of resources from defence to civil research’
    • ‘But in the case of the big river diversion schemes this sequence took a more intelligent course.’
    • ‘A ‘water war’ has also erupted over Castile-La Mancha's diversion of the River Tajo at Murcia's expense.’
    • ‘Of course, some literal sensual diversion is nice too.’
    • ‘In the past there have been cases of over-expenditure and diversion of some resources.’
    • ‘The power outage no doubt was the product of the continued diversion of resources and lack of investment in basic infrastructure.’
    • ‘With bypass procedures and biliopancreatic diversion, success is even greater.’
    • ‘Long term planning and commitment to the programme have helped to prevent diversion of resources.’
    • ‘According to him, the sewage diversion plan can make a big difference.’
    • ‘A diversion is planned for users of the footpath so that it runs to the south of Marine Lake.’
    • ‘Continuously increasing the fiscal deficit and diversion of larger funds to consumption rather than investment hurts it more.’
    • ‘Aside from the slight diversion into the life story of his brother's weird friend, it had been a relatively normal session.’
    • ‘According to the prospectus ‘the litigation could result in substantial costs and diversion of resources’.’
    • ‘But he can often turn that diversion into something positive.’
    • ‘Dam building and river diversion have become commonplace.’
    rerouting, redirection, turning aside, deflection, digression, deviation, divergence
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    1. 1.1 The action of reallocating something.
      ‘the diversion of funds to the Contras’
      • ‘Similar water diversion plans by upstream non-Indian users severely degraded Walker River Reservation resources as well.’
      • ‘Mel championed a recycling and composting plan that will push Toronto to the forefront of waste diversion in North America.’
      • ‘And finally, it acknowledges that 100 per cent diversion is impossible, since garbage will never just disappear.’
      • ‘Also, funds earmarked for aviation always risk political diversion or delay in favor of other more favored projects.’
      • ‘Province-wide and country-wide, extended producer warranty legislation is the only way to reach 100 per cent waste diversion.’
      • ‘The Reserve Bank of India has detected over 1,000 cases of fund diversion by corporate bodies.’
      • ‘We already know their plan includes diversion of current payroll taxes, something that will weaken, not strengthen, Social Security.’
      • ‘In such states, the risk of diversion of funds and of corruption is extremely high.’
      • ‘He foreshadowed the imposition of new taxes and the diversion of funds allocated for development work to military spending.’
    2. 1.2British count noun An alternative route for use by traffic when the usual road is temporarily closed.
      ‘the road was closed and diversions put into operation’
      • ‘A signed diversion route around the inner ring road will be in operation for the duration of the work.’
      • ‘The Woodenbridge / Aughrim Road is closed for extensive road repairs diversions are in operation.’
      • ‘There will be a number of traffic diversions in operation during the day.’
      • ‘There will be traffic diversions, contra-flow systems and some road closures during the course of the work.’
      • ‘Road closures and diversions will be in place from Monday as Leeds City Council starts resurfacing roads through the town centre.’
      • ‘Traffic is flowing freely over Salisbury's Skew Bridge again this week, after 16 months of queues, road closures and diversions.’
      • ‘The council says the work will take up to two months to complete and will lead to road closures and bus diversions.’
      • ‘Some side roads will also be temporarily closed with appropriate diversion routes added.’
      • ‘Residents of Netherlands Avenue were furious after their road was used as a diversion onto Huddersfield Road.’
      • ‘In this case the council had acquired a plot of land in 1955, for the purpose of constructing a road diversion.’
      • ‘Temporary measures have been put in place, including traffic lights and diversions.’
      • ‘Tiny rural roads used as diversions were brought to a standstill by lorries trying to find a way around the chaos.’
      • ‘To accommodate the works, temporary traffic diversions will be used as required.’
      • ‘Then I got tangled in a confusion of traffic jams, roadworks, diversions and obscure road signs.’
      • ‘Drivers can expect a string of temporary traffic lights and diversions in the coming months as nearly £1m of road repairs begin.’
      • ‘The road is the emergency diversion route for Ewell Road traffic.’
      • ‘Gardai operated traffic diversions through Rathduff and Pollavaddy until the road was reopened two hours later.’
      • ‘The road was blocked and diversions set up through Laneshawe Bridge.’
      • ‘Signed diversion routes will be used to direct traffic around the closure.’
      • ‘Buses and other heavy vehicles will be banned for at least three days with diversions along Market Road.’
      detour, deviation, alternative route, bypass
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  • 2An activity that diverts the mind from tedious or serious concerns; a recreation or pastime.

    ‘our chief diversion was reading’
    mass noun ‘people in search of diversion’
    • ‘Dolls isn't a great film, but it is fun diversion.’
    • ‘Such items encouraged meaningful reflection on the Union victory; they also provided hours of entertainment and diversion.’
    • ‘It'll be free of diversions and pesky ‘entertainment extravaganzas’.’
    • ‘Any little diversion we plan - an afternoon drive to the Dairy Queen, a game of Monopoly after supper - Dad's nose vetoes.’
    • ‘Spearfishing isn't a sport to you, it's a competitive diversion done for enjoyment!’
    • ‘Since 1985, though, I've given up that youthful diversion.’
    • ‘Usually, I just turn to the BBC World Service for diversion, eventually slinking back to National or Concert.’
    • ‘No assortment of programs, activities or diversions will fill the void if a relational context is missing in a parish.’
    • ‘It's a fun little diversion that gets addictive.’
    • ‘TNM was obviously looking for a light, entertaining diversion for the holiday season, and they've certainly got that in La Nuit des rois.’
    • ‘The unreality, we're told, is just for diversion - people understand the difference between movie posturing and the real world.’
    • ‘Of course, the biggest diversion - the fall foliage - is free, and it is well worth the trip.’
    • ‘Scenically speaking, this diversion was a delight.’
    • ‘They need diversions such as a youth club and different sport activities.’
    • ‘The answer came in the form of several delightful diversions.’
    • ‘Racing games to me are palate cleansers, lite diversions in between more serious gaming experiences.’
    • ‘One of my favourite diversions is to ‘re-create’ some company memos for circulation within a very select group of people I can trust.’
    • ‘Plus, I think everybody's in need of little diversion.’
    • ‘They made going to a Web site a political act, not just an informational search or an entertaining diversion.’
    • ‘Still others might prefer the challenge of a video or pinball game as an entertaining diversion.’
    entertainment, amusement, recreation, pastime, game, hobby
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    1. 2.1 Something intended to distract attention from something more important.
      ‘a subsidiary raid was carried out on the airfield to create a diversion’
      • ‘Against that, the speech at the Orewa Rotary Club by the man in the white hat was just a diversion and a distraction.’
      • ‘I like the idea of creating a big diversion of sorts to get moving with smaller stuff.’
      • ‘I'll create a diversion, to get their attention.’
      • ‘He also has one of the funniest bits in the movie as part of the elaborate diversion the gang plans as part of the initial heist.’
      • ‘Some have argued that these prosecutions are a diversion and distraction from the real task of prosecuting terrorists.’
      • ‘In the process, digital gadgetry - usually a diversion from physical activity - is literally keeping people of all ages moving.’
      • ‘Creating a diversion allowed the NCAA selection committee to elude criticism for its most problematic bracketing in recent years.’
      • ‘‘They allowed me to create diversions in my life, to be able to get away from playing golf,’ he says.’
      • ‘You'd need to create a diversion, by throwing a rock that lands behind them, making a noise and distracting them temporarily.’
      • ‘But to be entertained is to be diverted, for that is what all these activities are: diversions.’
      • ‘I managed to miss about 80% through hard work and diversion, but stumbled upon an amazing performance.’
      • ‘The momentary diversion of his attention, it seemed, was sufficient to elicit Deuroff's shift in focus as well.’
      • ‘Often, such diversions are to direct attention away from some other story or crisis.’
      • ‘There was only one possible way to distract the world's attention: create a diversion.’
      • ‘And they limit their lives to their own minds, the diversions within them.’
      • ‘And, at any rate, the SDF did not approve of industrial struggle, holding that such activity was a diversion from the inevitable.’
      • ‘Any diversion from the plan was an invitation to fail.’
      • ‘The most important thing is not to create more diversions that complicate and expand the problem.’
      • ‘What keeps you reading, despite arcane diversions into the footnotes of manga and anime, is the sense of adventure.’
      • ‘Minutes later, a second car exploded nearby - possibly intended to create a diversion and cover the bombers' tracks.’
      distraction, disturbance, smokescreen
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Late Middle English: from late Latin diversio(n-), from Latin divertere ‘turn aside’ (see divert).