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deflect

de`flect´   Pronunciation: dė`flĕkt´
v. t.1.To cause to turn aside; to bend; as, rays of light are often deflected; to deflect a punch; to deflect criticism by acknowledging a mistake.
[imp. & p. p. Deflected; p. pr. & vb. n. Deflecting.]
v. i.1.To turn aside; to deviate from a right or a horizontal line, or from a proper position, course or direction; to swerve.
To deflect from the line of truth and reason.
- Warburton.
Verb1.deflect - prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
2.deflect - turn from a straight course , fixed direction, or line of interest
Synonyms: turn away, bend
3.deflect - turn aside
Synonyms: deviate
4.deflect - draw someone's attention away from something; "The thief distracted the bystanders"; "He deflected his competitors"
Synonyms: distract
5.deflect - impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack"
Synonyms: parry, block
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