What does the word divert mean?

Usage examples for divert

  1. Being greatly grieved and troubled at this, the poor gentleman withdrew into his lodging with the resolve that he would no longer vainly pursue the happiness the quest of which was devouring his life; and accordingly, to divert his humour, he passed a few days without seeing her. – The Tales Of The Heptameron, Vol. IV. (of V.) by Margaret, Queen Of Navarre
  2. I will wait; I will seek a delay, and endeavor to divert my uncle's attention for a few days. – The Amulet by Hendrik Conscience
  3. Sometimes I said, " Grant me one hour to divert and employ myself as I have a mind." – The Autobiography of Madame Guyon by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon