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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But a curveball has a top spin that creates a high-pressure zone on top of the ball, augmenting the gravitational pull and deflecting its trajectory downward. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physics can explain the fastball’s unexpected twist, new study finds," 23 Nov. 2018 In a recent interview with ESPN, reporter Jeremy Schaap asked Sosa directly -- and each time Sosa deflected the question. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "In wake of feud with Cubs, Sammy Sosa remains adamant about not using PEDs," 28 June 2018 Romney, a former GOP presidential candidate and governor of Massachusetts, has deflected attacks on his criticism of President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign while saying his political track record would give Utah more clout in Washington. Lindsay Whitehurst, BostonGlobe.com, "Mitt Romney takes on Utah lawmaker in US Senate primary today," 26 June 2018 Baker campaign consultant David Byrd said the Jealous campaign is deflecting accusations about Jealous’ behavior. Erin Cox, baltimoresun.com, "Bad-blood feud flares between progressives Valerie Ervin, Ben Jealous as Maryland governor's race nears end," 23 June 2018 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

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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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