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Definition 1: impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball) - [verb of competition]

Samples where deflect or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • block an attack

Synonyms for deflect in the sense of this definition

(deflect is a kind of ...) fight with fencing swords

Definition 2: draw someone's attention away from something - [verb of emotion]

Samples where deflect or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The thief distracted the bystanders
  • He deflected his competitors

Synonyms for deflect in the sense of this definition

(deflect is a kind of ...) cause to feel embarrassment

"The constant attention of the young man confused her"

Definition 3: turn aside and away from an initial or intended course - [verb of motion]

(deflect is a kind of ...) change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

"Turn towards me" "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face" "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs"

Definition 4: turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest - [verb of motion]

Synonyms for deflect in the sense of this definition

(deflect is a kind of ...) change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

"Turn towards me" "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face" "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs"

Samples where deflect or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Let's avoid a confrontation
  • head off a confrontation
  • avert a strike

Synonyms for deflect in the sense of this definition

(deflect is a kind of ...) keep from happening or arising; make impossible

"My sense of tact forbids an honest answer" "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"

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