Deflect meaning

dĭ-flĕkt'
Deflect is defined as to cause something to change direction, or to deter someone from his/her intended purpose.

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.

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To turn aside or cause to turn aside; bend or deviate.
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To turn or make go to one side.
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To make (something) deviate from its original path.
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(intransitive) To deviate from its original path.
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(figuratively) To avoid addressing (questions, criticism, etc.).

The Prime Minister deflected some increasingly pointed questions by claiming he had an appointment.

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(figuratively) To divert (attention, etc.).
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Origin of deflect

Latin dēflectere dē- de- flectere to bend