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diversion

noun
     
Related topics: Leisure, Roads
di‧ver‧sion
1 [uncountable and countable] a change in the direction or use of something, or the act of changing it
diversion of
the diversion of the river
the diversion of funds into the military budget
2 [uncountable and countable]DL an enjoyable activity that you do to stop yourself from becoming bored
3 [countable] something that stops you from paying attention to what you are doing or what is happening:
Two prisoners created a diversion to give the men time to escape.
4 [countable] British EnglishTTR a different way that traffic is sent when the usual roads are closed

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