[ US /dɪˈfɫɛkt/ ]
[ UK /dɪflˈɛkt/ ]
  1. impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
    block an attack
  2. draw someone's attention away from something
    He deflected his competitors
    The thief distracted the bystanders
  3. turn aside and away from an initial or intended course
  4. turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest
  5. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
    Let's avoid a confrontation
    avert a strike
    head off a confrontation
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How To Use deflect In A Sentence

  • A few alpha particles were deflected from their straight course.
  • I certainly don’t think that Iranian popular discontent should be disregarded, but we’ve been hearing these sorts of arguments about the restive Iranian population for years, and while I have no reason to believe that they aren’t true, Khamenei and his allies have consistently proven expert at deflecting calls for reform and preserving their regime, the main levers of which remain firmly in Khamenei’s hands. Wonk Room » For More Tehran-ology
  • Trott tried to whip Lee to leg, and the ball deflected off his thigh pad and back onto the stumps without dislodging the bails. Australia v England - live! | Rob Smyth
  • Intellectual springs originally, and is increased subsequently, from teaching (for the most part that is), and needs therefore experience and time; whereas the Moral comes from custom, and so the Greek term denoting it is but a slight deflection from the term denoting custom in that language. Ethics
  • Bounces around and deflects off of D mc T for an own goa … nope, not done (throws up). DC United vs. Houston game diary and player ratings
  • Michael was struggling to deflect a rain of blows, and the swing of his arm was getting slower and slower.
  • Leaving aside the touching attempt to deflect criticism, what should savers do? Times, Sunday Times
  • He used his knife to deflect her sword and they clashed with a loud clang.
  • King cross deflected into his path. The Sun
  • They wore mirrored armor that would deflect a number of shots until the enamel wore off and only plain steel lay beneath.
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