Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To turn aside; to turn off from any course or intended application; to deflect;
diverta river from its channel; to
divertcommerce from its usual course.
That crude apple that
To turn away from any occupation, business, or study; to cause to have lively and agreeable sensations; to amuse; to entertain;
as, children are
divertedwith sports; men are
divertedwith works of wit and humor.
Syn. – To please; gratify; amuse; entertain; exhilarate; delight; recreate. See
To turn aside; to digress.
divertedto see one of the prince’s palaces.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To turn off from any course, direction or intended application; to turn aside; as, to divert a river from its usual channel; to divert commerce from its usual course; to divert appropriated money to other objects; to divert a man from his purpose.
2.To turn the mind from business or study; hence, to please; to amuse; to entertain; to exhilarate. Children are diverted with sports; men are diverted with works of wit and humor; low minds are diverted with buffoonery in stage-playing.
3.To draw the forces of an enemy to a different point.
4.To subvert. [Not in use.]