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  Definition of deflect
  1. impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack"
  2. draw someone''s attention away from something; "The thief distracted the bystanders"; "He deflected his competitors"
  3. turn aside
  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"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
Similar Words: parry, block, distract, deviate, bend, turn away, debar, obviate, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward off

 

Derivational Morphology: blocker, blocking, block, interference, blockage, closure, occlusion, counterpunch, parry, counter, distraction, misdirection, diversion, deviation, digression, deflection, deflexion, divagation, deflector, obviation, forestalling, preclusion

 

 
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