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Princeton's WordNet

  1. debar, forefend, forfend, obviate, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward off(verb)

    prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

    "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"

  2. deflect, bend, turn away(verb)

    turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest

  3. deflect(verb)

    turn aside and away from an initial or intended course

  4. distract, deflect(verb)

    draw someone's attention away from something

    "The thief distracted the bystanders"; "He deflected his competitors"

  5. parry, block, deflect(verb)

    impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)

    "block an attack"


  1. deflect(v. t.)

    To cause to turn aside; to bend; as, rays of light are often deflected; to deflect a punch; to deflect criticism by acknowledging a mistake.

  2. Origin: [L. deflectere; de- + flectere to bend or turn. See Flexible.]


  1. deflect(Verb)

    To make (something) deviate from its original path.

  2. deflect(Verb)

    To deviate from its original path.

  3. deflect(Verb)

    To knock aside.

    The Prime Minister deflected some increasingly pointed questions by claiming he had an appointment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deflect(verb)

    to cause to turn aside; to bend; as, rays of light are often deflected

  2. Deflect(verb)

    to turn aside; to deviate from a right or a horizontal line, or from a proper position, course or direction; to swerve

  3. Origin: [L. deflectere; de- + flectere to bend or turn. See Flexible.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Deflect

    de-flekt′, v.i. or v.t. to turn aside: to swerve or deviate from a right line or proper course.—p.adj. Deflect′ed (bot.), bent abruptly downward.—ns. Deflec′tion, Deflex′ion, deviation.—adj. Deflec′tive, causing deflection.—n. Deflec′tor, a diaphragm in a lamp, stove, &c., by which the flame and gases are brought together and the combustion improved.—v.t. Deflex′ (zool., bot.), to bend down.—adj. Deflexed′.—n. Deflex′ure, deviation. [L. de, from, and flectĕre, flexum, to bend, turn.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deflect in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deflect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of deflect in a Sentence

  1. James Vernon:

    I tried to talk to him. I tried to settle him down, i didn’t, but I did deflect his attention.

  2. RJ Intindola:

    When in love, the heart will deflect any sense of reasoning offered by the brain. RJ Intindola – 1984 *

  3. Bill Foutris:

    This counterclaim is an attempt to deflect from what the officer did, he shot a teen four times in the back.

  4. Ian Drysdale:

    I believe the real reason for my dismissal was to deflect attention from the respondent's (RBS's) own admitted failures.

  5. Shiraz Maher:

    I think this is an attempt to deflect attention from Jihadi John, they're trying to lay the blame for this at the feet of the British government.

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