Definition of diversion in English:

diversion

noun

  • 1An instance of turning something aside from its course.

    ‘a diversion of resources from defense to civil research’
    • ‘Continuously increasing the fiscal deficit and diversion of larger funds to consumption rather than investment hurts it more.’
    • ‘With bypass procedures and biliopancreatic diversion, success is even greater.’
    • ‘Dam building and river diversion have become commonplace.’
    • ‘A diversion is planned for users of the footpath so that it runs to the south of Marine Lake.’
    • ‘But he can often turn that diversion into something positive.’
    • ‘According to the prospectus ‘the litigation could result in substantial costs and diversion of resources’.’
    • ‘In the past there have been cases of over-expenditure and diversion of some resources.’
    • ‘Of course, some literal sensual diversion is nice too.’
    • ‘According to him, the sewage diversion plan can make a big difference.’
    • ‘Aside from the slight diversion into the life story of his brother's weird friend, it had been a relatively normal session.’
    • ‘But in the case of the big river diversion schemes this sequence took a more intelligent course.’
    • ‘Long term planning and commitment to the programme have helped to prevent diversion of resources.’
    • ‘A ‘water war’ has also erupted over Castile-La Mancha's diversion of the River Tajo at Murcia's expense.’
    • ‘The power outage no doubt was the product of the continued diversion of resources and lack of investment in basic infrastructure.’
    rerouting, redirection, turning aside, deflection, digression, deviation, divergence
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    1. 1.1British An alternative route for use by traffic when the usual road is temporarily closed; a detour.
      ‘the road was closed and diversions put into operation’
      • ‘Gardai operated traffic diversions through Rathduff and Pollavaddy until the road was reopened two hours later.’
      • ‘Drivers can expect a string of temporary traffic lights and diversions in the coming months as nearly £1m of road repairs begin.’
      • ‘To accommodate the works, temporary traffic diversions will be used as required.’
      • ‘Residents of Netherlands Avenue were furious after their road was used as a diversion onto Huddersfield Road.’
      • ‘Traffic is flowing freely over Salisbury's Skew Bridge again this week, after 16 months of queues, road closures and diversions.’
      • ‘In this case the council had acquired a plot of land in 1955, for the purpose of constructing a road diversion.’
      • ‘A signed diversion route around the inner ring road will be in operation for the duration of the work.’
      • ‘There will be a number of traffic diversions in operation during the day.’
      • ‘Buses and other heavy vehicles will be banned for at least three days with diversions along Market Road.’
      • ‘Tiny rural roads used as diversions were brought to a standstill by lorries trying to find a way around the chaos.’
      • ‘The road was blocked and diversions set up through Laneshawe Bridge.’
      • ‘Then I got tangled in a confusion of traffic jams, roadworks, diversions and obscure road signs.’
      • ‘Some side roads will also be temporarily closed with appropriate diversion routes added.’
      • ‘Signed diversion routes will be used to direct traffic around the closure.’
      • ‘Temporary measures have been put in place, including traffic lights and diversions.’
      • ‘The road is the emergency diversion route for Ewell Road traffic.’
      • ‘The Woodenbridge / Aughrim Road is closed for extensive road repairs diversions are in operation.’
      • ‘Road closures and diversions will be in place from Monday as Leeds City Council starts resurfacing roads through the town centre.’
      • ‘The council says the work will take up to two months to complete and will lead to road closures and bus diversions.’
      • ‘There will be traffic diversions, contra-flow systems and some road closures during the course of the work.’
      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’
    • ‘Plus, I think everybody's in need of little 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’.’
    • ‘Still others might prefer the challenge of a video or pinball game as an entertaining diversion.’
    • ‘Usually, I just turn to the BBC World Service for diversion, eventually slinking back to National or Concert.’
    • ‘Spearfishing isn't a sport to you, it's a competitive diversion done for enjoyment!’
    • ‘Racing games to me are palate cleansers, lite diversions in between more serious gaming experiences.’
    • ‘Of course, the biggest diversion - the fall foliage - is free, and it is well worth the trip.’
    • ‘Scenically speaking, this diversion was a delight.’
    • ‘No assortment of programs, activities or diversions will fill the void if a relational context is missing in a parish.’
    • ‘Any little diversion we plan - an afternoon drive to the Dairy Queen, a game of Monopoly after supper - Dad's nose vetoes.’
    • ‘Dolls isn't a great film, but it is fun diversion.’
    • ‘It's a fun little diversion that gets addictive.’
    • ‘Since 1985, though, I've given up that youthful diversion.’
    • ‘TNM was obviously looking for a light, entertaining diversion for the holiday season, and they've certainly got that in La Nuit des rois.’
    • ‘One of my favourite diversions is to ‘re-create’ some company memos for circulation within a very select group of people I can trust.’
    • ‘The unreality, we're told, is just for diversion - people understand the difference between movie posturing and the real world.’
    • ‘The answer came in the form of several delightful diversions.’
    • ‘They made going to a Web site a political act, not just an informational search or an entertaining diversion.’
    • ‘They need diversions such as a youth club and different sport activities.’
    entertainment, amusement, recreation, pastime, game, hobby
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    1. 2.1 Something intended to distract someone's attention from something more important.
      ‘a subsidiary raid was carried out on the airfield to create a diversion’
      • ‘You'd need to create a diversion, by throwing a rock that lands behind them, making a noise and distracting them temporarily.’
      • ‘Creating a diversion allowed the NCAA selection committee to elude criticism for its most problematic bracketing in recent years.’
      • ‘Some have argued that these prosecutions are a diversion and distraction from the real task of prosecuting terrorists.’
      • ‘The most important thing is not to create more diversions that complicate and expand the problem.’
      • ‘And, at any rate, the SDF did not approve of industrial struggle, holding that such activity was a diversion from the inevitable.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the process, digital gadgetry - usually a diversion from physical activity - is literally keeping people of all ages moving.’
      • ‘I like the idea of creating a big diversion of sorts to get moving with smaller stuff.’
      • ‘What keeps you reading, despite arcane diversions into the footnotes of manga and anime, is the sense of adventure.’
      • ‘Any diversion from the plan was an invitation to fail.’
      • ‘There was only one possible way to distract the world's attention: create a diversion.’
      • ‘‘They allowed me to create diversions in my life, to be able to get away from playing golf,’ he says.’
      • ‘Often, such diversions are to direct attention away from some other story or crisis.’
      • ‘The momentary diversion of his attention, it seemed, was sufficient to elicit Deuroff's shift in focus as well.’
      • ‘I managed to miss about 80% through hard work and diversion, but stumbled upon an amazing performance.’
      • ‘Minutes later, a second car exploded nearby - possibly intended to create a diversion and cover the bombers' tracks.’
      • ‘I'll create a diversion, to get their attention.’
      • ‘And they limit their lives to their own minds, the diversions within them.’
      • ‘But to be entertained is to be diverted, for that is what all these activities are: diversions.’
      • ‘Against that, the speech at the Orewa Rotary Club by the man in the white hat was just a diversion and a distraction.’
      distraction, disturbance, smokescreen
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Origin

Late Middle English: from late Latin diversio(n-), from Latin divertere ‘turn aside’ (see divert).

Pronunciation