Deflect - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪˈflekt|  American pronunciation of the word deflect
Brit.  |dɪˈflekt|  British pronunciation of the word deflect


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

Extra examples

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.

This special metal shield will deflect a bullet from its course.

Concern for his family deflected him from his studies.

Oersted discovered that an electric current would deflect a magnetic needle.

He deflected his competitors

Word forms

I/you/we/they: deflect
he/she/it: deflects
present participle: deflecting
past tense: deflected
past participle: deflected
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