Usage examples for divert

  1. At all events I resolved to withdraw Carlotta from his influence, put her in fresh surroundings, and allow her to mix more freely among men and women, so as to divert and possibly improve her mind. – The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J. Locke
  2. Perhaps he was playing cunning; he may have imagined that the bird was invisible to me, and was trying to divert my attention from the spot. – A Cotswold Village by J. Arthur Gibbs
  3. It left me with a resolve to defend him to my utmost, all the more so that I was convinced in my mind that he was doing his utmost to divert suspicion from me to himself. – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  4. Essentially man of action, in ideal action he finds his only true comfort; and no attempts to discover for him new gods and symbols will divert him from the path made for him by the whole trend of his existence. – Another Sheaf by John Galsworthy
  5. Yet, if they still divert us with their Rage, What may be hop'd for in a better Age, When not from Helicon's imagin'd Spring, But sacred Writ we borrow what we sing? – An Essay on Criticism by John Oldmixon
  6. To divert him, she told him the family's opinion as to his relations with Audrey. – Audrey Craven by May Sinclair
  7. If well planned, they should divert a force greater than their own. – Some Principles of Maritime Strategy by Julian Stafford Corbett
  8. Little accustomed as he was to grief, he instinctively sought to divert his mind, and began searching in the little address- books for the purpose of drawing up a list of the persons who must be invited to the funeral. – Fruitfulness Fecondite by Emile Zola
  9. It was evident that the visit of Christopher Straight had not created enough of a sensation to divert Pulaski Britt's men from their daily toil. – King Spruce, A Novel by Holman Day
  10. Nothing but her returning gaze could divert it from its mark. – Sisters by Ada Cambridge
  11. After that I returned to Venice, but in rather an unpleasant mood; to divert myself I went to the gaming table, and lost all night. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  12. Whoever had built this structure to divert the rays of the Sun had simply set it down, put it in motion, and left. – The Secret of the Ninth Planet by Donald Allen Wollheim
  13. During all its actions it seems solicitous to divert, and to be noticed; looking, at every jump, and at every turn, to see whether it be observed or not. – Illustrative Anecdotes of the Animal Kingdom by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
  14. He had a deep- seeing eye, and he saw that she was boldly trying to divert his belief or suspicion. – You Never Know Your Luck, Complete Being The Story Of A Matrimonial Deserter by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  15. The submarine question, however, will always divert this resentment against us again. – My Three Years in America by Johann Heinrich Andreas Hermann Albrecht Graf von Bernstorff
  16. Toil might divert him some, keep him from feeling the tension of time and strangeness so much. – Comet's Burial by Raymond Zinke Gallun
  17. I tried to divert myself in my loneliness and melancholy mood by looking out at all the people who passed up and down the street in the snow and wind, with blue noses and half- shut eyes. – 'Round the yule-log: Christmas in Norway by Peter Christen Asbjörnsen
  18. You will not be involved in any way, except that you may be seemingly handled a little roughly, but that will only be done to divert suspicion from yourself. – A Voyage with Captain Dynamite by Charles Edward Rich
  19. It will hardly be possible to divert the Indians from their purpose so long. – Donald McElroy, Scotch Irishman by Willie Walker Caldwell