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Avert vs. Divert

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Avertverb

(transitive) To turn aside or away.

‘To avert the eyes from an object.’;

Divertverb

(transitive) To turn aside from a course.

‘The workers diverted the stream away from the road.’;

Avertverb

(transitive) To ward off, or prevent, the occurrence or effects of.

‘How can the danger be averted?’;

Divertverb

(transitive) To distract.

‘Don't let him divert your attention; keep your eye on the ball.’;

Avertverb

To turn away.

Divertverb

(transitive) To entertain or amuse (by diverting the attention)

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Avertverb

To turn away.

Divertverb

To turn aside; to digress.

Avertverb

To turn aside, or away; as, to avert the eyes from an object; to ward off, or prevent, the occurrence or effects of; as, how can the danger be averted? "To avert his ire."

‘When atheists and profane persons do hear of so many discordant and contrary opinions in religion, it doth avert them from the church.’; ‘Till ardent prayer averts the public woe.’;

Divertverb

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.’;

Avertverb

To turn away.

‘Cold and averting from our neighbor's good.’;

Divertverb

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.’;

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Avertverb

prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening;

‘Let's avoid a confrontation’; ‘head off a confrontation’; ‘avert a strike’;

Divertverb

To turn aside; to digress.

‘I diverted to see one of the prince's palaces.’;

Avertverb

turn away or aside;

‘They averted their eyes when the King entered’;

Divertverb

turn aside; turn away from

Divertverb

send on a course or in a direction different from the planned or intended one

Divertverb

occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion;

‘The play amused the ladies’;

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Divertverb

withdraw (money) and move into a different location, often secretly and with dishonest intentions

Divertverb

cause (someone or something) to change course or turn from one direction to another

‘a scheme to divert water from the river to irrigate agricultural land’;

Divertverb

(of a vehicle or person) change course

‘an aircraft has diverted and will be with you shortly’;

Divertverb

reallocate (money or resources) to a different purpose

‘more of their advertising budget was diverted into promotions’;

Divertverb

distract (someone) from something

‘she managed to divert Rose from the dangerous topic of Lady Usk’;

Divertverb

draw the attention of (someone) away from tedious or serious concerns; entertain or amuse

‘a diverting book’;

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