Deflect definition

dĭ-flĕkt
To turn aside or cause to turn aside; bend or deviate.
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(figuratively) To divert (attention, etc.).
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To turn or make go to one side.
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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 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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Origin of deflect

  • Latin dēflectere dē- de- flectere to bend

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition