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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Recent Examples on the Web

The carbon frame is designed to act like a shock absorber, deflecting up to 4mm to take the edge off imperfections in the road. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Road Bikes for Every Cyclist," 8 May 2019 This left me feeling torn over the fact that racial bias was deflecting from the actual impact of Hart’s actions. Ernest Owens, Vox, "What it’s like to be black and gay watching the Kevin Hart controversy unfold.," 7 Jan. 2019 News, Jeffries deflected from answering whether she and Bieber had kissed or slept in the same bed before. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "A Timeline of Justin Bieber's Dating History," 10 July 2018 Why deflect from the Mueller special counsel investigation if there is nothing to hide, if there's no there there? Fox News, "Lawmakers at odds over Justice Department meeting," 24 May 2018 Similarly, during significant volcano eruptions, global temperatures can go down because the ash and smog deflects solar radiation away from the earth. Aj Willingham, CNN, "The earth has had warmer-than-average temperatures for 400 straight months now," 17 May 2018 During the interview, Ades would answer a question or two, then deflect the next one. CBS News, "Accused stalker speaks out from jail about sending 65,000 texts," 11 May 2018 Many of the Democrats’ critiques went unanswered, while Pruitt deflected others with drab talking points. Justin Worland, Time, "Why Donald Trump Hasn't Fired Scott Pruitt," 26 Apr. 2018 The segment ended with montage of conservative politicians deflecting the issue of gun control in many of their public statements. Eileen Reslen, Cosmopolitan, "Jimmy Kimmel Makes Tearful Plea to President Trump: "Children Are Being Murdered. Do Something"," 16 Feb. 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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The first known use of deflect was circa 1555

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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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