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deflect

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verb de·flect \di-ˈflekt, dē-\

Simple Definition of deflect

  • : to cause (something that is moving) to change direction

  • : to hit something and suddenly change direction

  • : to keep (something, such as a question) from affecting or being directed at a person or thing

Full Definition of deflect

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to turn aside especially from a straight course or fixed direction

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to turn aside :  deviate

de·flect·able play \-ˈflek-tə-bəl\ adjective
de·flec·tive play \-tiv\ adjective
de·flec·tor play \-tər\ noun

Examples of deflect

  1. armor that can deflect bullets

  2. The goalie deflected the ball with his hands.

  3. The ball deflected off the goalie's shoulder.

  4. They are trying to deflect attention from the troubled economy.

  5. The blame was deflected from the chairman.



Origin of deflect

Latin deflectere to bend down, turn aside, from de- + flectere to bend


First Known Use: circa 1555



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