UK [dɪˈflekt] / US verb
Word forms "deflect":
present tense I/you/we/they deflect he/she/it deflects present participle deflecting past tense deflected past participle deflected
1) [transitive] to direct criticism, attention, or blame away from yourself towards someone else

The company was criticized for trying to deflect the blame for the accident.

deflect something from something:

It was designed to deflect attention from domestic political problems.

2) [transitive] to make someone change their plans or stop what they are doing
deflect someone from (doing) something:

Violence will not deflect us from seeking a peaceful political settlement to the problems.

3) [intransitive/transitive] if something deflects, or if it is deflected, it starts to move in a different direction, usually because it has hit something

The ball skimmed off Owen's head and was deflected past Yorke.

English dictionary. 2014.

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