Deflect is defined as to cause something to change direction, or to deter someone from his/her intended purpose.(verb)
When all the attention is focused on you and you change the subject and get people to change what they are talking about, this is an example of a time when you deflect the conversation.
See deflect in Webster's New World College Dictionary
transitive verb, intransitive verb
Origin: L deflectere < de-, from + flectere, to bend
See deflect in American Heritage Dictionary 4
intr. & tr.v. de·flect·ed, de·flect·ing, de·flects
Origin: Latin dēflectere
Origin: : dē-, de-
Origin: + flectere, to bend.
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