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verb American English pronunciation: deflect /dɪˈflekt/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participledeflecting
past tensedeflected
past participledeflected
  1. 1
    [transitive] to direct criticism, attention, or blame away from yourself toward 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. 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. 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

    His long range shot was deflected by the goalkeeper.

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