December 10, 2016
divert (verb)
\duh-VERT\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 a : to turn aside : turn from one course or use to another b : to turn the attention away : distract2 : to give pleasure to by causing the time to pass pleasantly
How do you use it?
"Sir Stephan galloped off and Uaaxee hurried away, diverted by new guests." (Gail Carson Levine, _Ella Enchanted_)
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Which word do you think is related to "divert"?

We hope you turned your attention to A. "Divert" and "versatile" both trace to the Latin root "vertere," which means "to turn." We can track "divert" to the Latin word "divertere," which means "to turn in opposite directions" and which Latin speakers formed from "vertere." "Versatile" traces to the Latin word "versatilis," which means "turning easily," and which was also formed from "vertere." "Vertere" is the root of a number of other English words as well. For example, the words "anniversary," "controversy," "convert," "prose," "universe," "verse," "version," and "vertebra" are all members of the "vertere" family.
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