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Physical RedirectionPlay
Use 'divert' when referring to the physical redirection of objects or paths. SlideRoad crews diverted traffic around the construction site.
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Preventive ActionPlay
'Divert' often implies an action taken to prevent a problem or hazard. SlideTo avert disaster, engineers diverted the lava flow from the village.
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Change HappensPlay
'Divert' suggests a change that may be temporary or permanent. SlideThe hiking trail was diverted due to a fallen tree.