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deflect - Dictionary definition and meaning for word deflect

(verb) prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
Example Sentence
  • Let's avoid a confrontation
  • head off a confrontation
  • avert a strike

(verb) turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest
Synonyms : bend , turn away

(verb) turn aside and away from an initial or intended course
(verb) draw someone's attention away from something
Synonyms : distract
Example Sentence
  • The thief distracted the bystanders
  • He deflected his competitors

(verb) impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
Synonyms : block , parry
Example Sentence
  • block an attack

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for deflect

sounds like reflect. If some thing reflects, it turns away
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