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DEFLECT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does deflect mean? 

DEFLECT (verb)
  The verb DEFLECT has 5 senses:

1. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
2. turn from a straight course , fixed direction, or line of interest
3. turn aside and away from an initial or intended course
4. draw someone's attention away from something
5. impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)

  Familiarity information: DEFLECT used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEFLECT (verb)


Sense 1deflect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

stave off; head off; fend off; deflect; avert; ward off; debar; avoid; obviate

Context examples:

Let's avoid a confrontation / head off a confrontation / avert a strike

Hypernyms (to "deflect" is one way to...):

forbid; foreclose; forestall; preclude; prevent (keep from happening or arising; make impossible)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2deflect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Turn from a straight course , fixed direction, or line of interest

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

turn away; deflect; bend

Hypernyms (to "deflect" is one way to...):

turn (change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3deflect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Turn aside and away from an initial or intended course

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Hypernyms (to "deflect" is one way to...):

turn (change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 4deflect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Draw someone's attention away from something

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

distract; deflect

Context examples:

The thief distracted the bystanders / He deflected his competitors

Hypernyms (to "deflect" is one way to...):

confuse; disconcert; flurry; put off (cause to feel embarrassment)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 5deflect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

parry; deflect; block

Context example:

block an attack

Hypernyms (to "deflect" is one way to...):

fence (fight with fencing swords)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

The fighter managed to deflect his opponent


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