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diversion (noun) change of direction; turn attention away from; pastime.

An act of changing direction is diversion. 'We made a short diversion to call on our friend.' This means, on our way, we changed the direction of our journey to visit our friend. A diversion of funds is the use of funds for purposes other than for which they are meant. Funds meant for unemployment allowance being used for scholarships is a diversion of funds. When someone or something turns away your attention from the work you are doing, it is a diversion of your attention. Sometimes, the diversion of attention may be intentional. The diversion of your attention lessens your concentration on your job. Any activity you indulge in to spend your time is a diversion. Playing games or watching the TV or a movie is a diversion, as it is a means of spending your time.

  • As the usual road had been closed for repairs, the tourists, taking a diversion, had to travel an extra ten miles to reach their destination.
  • After studying for long hours, he felt like having a diversion and switched on the TV. The program provided him a welcome break from his serious study.
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