diverted


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

di·vert

 (dĭ-vûrt′, dī-)
v. di·vert·ed, di·vert·ing, di·verts
v.tr.
1. To turn aside from a course or direction: Traffic was diverted around the scene of the accident.
2. To distract: My attention was diverted by an argument between motorists.
3. To entertain by distracting the attention from worrisome thoughts or cares; amuse. See Synonyms at amuse.
v.intr.
To turn aside.

[Middle English diverten, from Old French divertir, from Latin dīvertere : dī-, dis-, aside; see dis- + vertere, to turn; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

di·vert′er n.
di·vert′ing·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.diverted - pleasantly occupieddiverted - pleasantly occupied; "We are not amused" -Queen Victoria
pleased - experiencing or manifesting pleasure
References in classic literature ?
I was diverted with none so much as that of the rope-dancers, performed upon a slender white thread, extended about two feet, and twelve inches from the ground.
Meanwhile the name of the new tenants had diverted Mrs.
Had they remained within they would have been safe, for a ledge above the house parted the avalanche so that it was diverted into two paths and swept past the house on either side.
When Don Quixote saw the state he was in he said, "I have now come to the conclusion, good Sancho, that this castle or inn is beyond a doubt enchanted, because those who have so atrociously diverted themselves with thee, what can they be but phantoms or beings of another world?
But as in carrying them into effect they become revealed and known, they are at once obstructed by those men whom he has around him, and he, being pliant, is diverted from them.
But though this latter view, if she indeed had it, may appear reasonable enough, yet the event did not answer her expectation; for when she was convened before the justice, and it was universally apprehended that the house of correction would have been her fate, though some of the young women cryed out "It was good enough for her," and diverted themselves with the thoughts of her beating hemp in a silk gown; yet there were many others who began to pity her condition: but when it was known in what manner Mr Allworthy had behaved, the tide turned against her.
He smiled and smirked in the highest approval of the ingenuity of his own compliment -- from which Captain Wragge dexterously diverted the housekeeper's attention by ranging himself on her side of the path and speaking to her at the same moment.
But Magdalen had seen Captain Wragge's signal with the camp-stool, and had at once diverted Noel Vanstone to the topic of himself and his possessions by a neatly-timed question about his house at Aldborough.
Here she displayed her ingenuity and industry in a variety of flowers and fruits, beautifully coloured, elegantly shaped, and charmingly flavoured; and we were diverted with innumerable animals presenting themselves perpetually to our view.
My roving excursion this day had fatigued my body, and diverted my imagination.
From November 23-25 public and other vehicles coming from Liaquatabd, Gharibabad to proceed towards Shara-e-Faisal or Karsaz will be diverted before Hassan Square Flyover (left) towards Sahba Akhtar Road, Machli Cut, University Road "U" Tum, Jafferi Optics, KDA Society, National Stadium Backside, Steel Yard Cut Stadium Road LDA Office U Turn to Karsaz and onwards OR
DOZENS of flights were delayed and diverted when the runway at Gatwick was closed due to a suspected oil spillage.