Etymology
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deflect (v.)

1550s, "cause to turn aside" (transitive), from Latin deflectere "to bend (something) aside or downward," from de "away" (see de-) + flectere "to bend," which is of uncertain origin. The intransitive sense of "to turn away or aside" is from 1610s. Related: Deflected; deflecting.

Origin and meaning of deflect

updated on October 13, 2021

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Definitions of deflect from WordNet

deflect (v.)
prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening;
Synonyms: debar / forefend / forfend / obviate / avert / head off / stave off / fend off / avoid / ward off
deflect (v.)
turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest;
Synonyms: bend / turn away
deflect (v.)
turn aside and away from an initial or intended course;
deflect (v.)
draw someone's attention away from something;
He deflected his competitors
Synonyms: distract
deflect (v.)
impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball);
Synonyms: parry / block
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