1 switch, rechannel, redirect; change, alter, deflect:
Funds for the new civic centre have been diverted to housing. We must divert the course of the river.
2 turn away, turn aside, avert, re-route, deflect; change course, swerve (off or away), shift, sidetrack, depart, deviate:
Cars were diverted to avoid flooded areas. We diverted from our route because of the roadworks.
3 entertain, amuse, distract, interest, beguile, engage, occupy, absorb:
We found the stand-up comedian mildly diverting but not really funny.