deflect

verb
de·​flect | \ di-ˈflekt How to pronounce deflect (audio) , dē-\
deflected; deflecting; deflects

Definition of deflect

transitive verb

: to turn (something) aside especially from a straight course or fixed direction armor that deflects bullets deflecting attention from the troubled economy deflect a question

intransitive verb

: to turn aside : deviate the shot deflected off the goalie's shoulder pad

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Other Words from deflect

deflectable \ di-​ˈflek-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce deflectable (audio) , dē-​ \ adjective
deflective \ di-​ˈflek-​tiv How to pronounce deflective (audio) , dē-​ \ adjective
deflector \ di-​ˈflek-​tər How to pronounce deflector (audio) , dē-​ \ noun

Synonyms for deflect

Synonyms

divert, redirect, swing, turn, veer, wheel, whip

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Examples of deflect in a Sentence

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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If her account is true, Parker used the cause to deflect attention from his behavior. Tanya Selvaratnam, Glamour, "Why Candice Russell Had No Choice But Take Her Case to the Media," 2 Apr. 2019 But two of his Manchester City clubmates, Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho, jumping just behind him at the near post, did, and the ball was deflected in off the latter to give Belgium a 13th-minute lead. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Belgium's Golden Generation Shines Brightest in Ousting Brazil From World Cup," 6 July 2018 Pruitt in the past has often sought to deflect questions about any missteps by blaming his subordinates. Michael Biesecker And Ellen Knickmeyer, chicagotribune.com, "EPA chief Scott Pruitt faces public grilling in hearings over ethical missteps," 26 Apr. 2018 Had its angle of entry been even one degree off kilter, JPL mission engineers said, the spacecraft would have been deflected into deep space or burned up by friction in the thin Martian air. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "NASA’s InSight Spacecraft Lands Safely on Mars," 26 Nov. 2018 Argentina would even go ahead in the second half after Lionel Messi's shot was deflected into the goal by Gabriel Mercado in the 48th minute. SI.com, "Twitter Erupts as France Dump Lionel Messi & Argentina Out of 2018 World Cup," 30 June 2018 After the ball was deflected into left field, Merrifield sprinted effortlessly to second base for a double. Maria Torres, kansascity, "It took until May, but the Royals won their first series of the season | The Kansas City Star," 6 May 2018 Christiansen had the shot deflected 62 seconds into Game 2 which got the Silvertips started. Dylan Bumbarger, OregonLive.com, "Game thread: Everett Silvertips at Portland Winterhawks, Game 3," 10 Apr. 2018 The memo sparked outrage inside Ducey’s circle and among broader swaths of influential Republicans, who felt her team did not own up to its strategic mistakes and was trying to deflect blame for her loss to Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. Li Zhou, Vox, "Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl is officially stepping down on December 31," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of deflect

circa 1555, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for deflect

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

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More Definitions for deflect

deflect

verb

English Language Learners 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

deflect

verb
de·​flect | \ di-ˈflekt How to pronounce deflect (audio) \
deflected; deflecting

Kids Definition of deflect

: to change or cause to change direction The goalie deflected the puck.

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