Definition of deflect
- armor that deflects bullets
- deflecting attention from the troubled economy
- deflect a question
- the shot deflected off the goalie's shoulder pad
armor that can deflect bullets
The goalie deflected the ball with his hands.
The ball deflected off the goalie's shoulder.
They are trying to deflect attention from the troubled economy.
The blame was deflected from the chairman.
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First Known Use: circa 1555See Words from the same year
: 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
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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