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Verb: deflect  di'flekt
  1. Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
    "deflect a strike";
    - debar, forefend, forfend, obviate, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward off
     
  2. Turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest
    - bend, turn away
     
  3. Turn aside and away from an initial or intended course
     
  4. Draw someone's attention away from something
    "He deflected his competitors";
    - distract
     
  5. Impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
    "deflect an attack";
    - parry, block

Derived forms: deflected, deflecting, deflects

Type of: confuse, disconcert, fence, flurry, forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent, put off, turn

Encyclopedia: Deflect