deflect

verb
de·flect | \ di-ˈflekt , dē- \

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 \-ˈflek-tə-bəl \ adjective
deflective \-tiv \ adjective
deflector \-tər \ 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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Newer airplanes use powerful computers to recognize increasing G load on the airplane and to reduce it by deflecting flight control surfaces. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Questions about three-engine jets," 17 June 2018 Thus, whenever an autocrat makes a stirring speech about national pride, his real aim may be to deflect attention from his own skulduggery. The Economist, "After decades of triumph, democracy is losing ground," 14 June 2018 During the election, Trump also argued that Democrats were making up links to Russia in order to deflect from their own problems. Ryan Teague Beckwith, Time, "Read the 191 Arguments President Trump Has Made Against the Mueller Investigation," 7 June 2018 Ironically, Ryan Reaves, a fourth-line forward acquired by Vegas at the trade deadline, recorded the series clincher by deflecting a shot from the blue line past Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck at 13:21 of the second period. Matt Rybaltowski, New York Times, "Vegas Golden Knights Reach Stanley Cup Finals in First Season," 20 May 2018 Hamels walked Victor Martinez and Jeimer Candelario to load the bases before Jose Iglesias drove in a run with an infield single that deflected off Hamels' glove. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Quick work: Tigers knock Cole Hamels out in 1st inning," 7 July 2018 Messi set up the latter two, first sending a shot on goal that Mercado deflected into the net in the 48th. Pan Pylas, BostonGlobe.com, "Kylian Mbappe leads France past Messi’s Argentina and into World Cup quarterfinals," 30 June 2018 Messi set up the latter two, first sending a shot on goal that Mercado deflected into the net in the 48th. Pan Pylas, Fox News, "Mbappe, not Messi, stars as France beats Argentina 4-3," 30 June 2018 Messi set up the latter two, first sending a shot on goal that Mercado deflected into the net in the 48th. Washington Post, "Mbappe, not Messi, stars as France beats Argentina 4-3," 30 June 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 \
deflected; deflecting

Kids Definition of deflect

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

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