deflect
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /dɪˈflɛkt/
Verb

deflect (deflects, present participle deflecting; past and past participle deflected)

  1. (transitive) To make (something) deviate from its original path.
  2. (transitive, ball games) To touch the ball, often unwittingly, after a shot or a sharp pass, thereby making it unpredictable for the other players.
  3. (intransitive) To deviate from its original path.
  4. (transitive, figuratively) To avoid addressing (questions, criticism, etc.).
    Synonyms: elude
    The Prime Minister deflected some increasingly pointed questions by claiming he had an appointment.
  5. (transitive, figuratively) To divert (attention, etc.).
    • 2013, Luke Harding and Uki Goni, Argentina urges UK to hand back Falklands and 'end colonialism (in The Guardian, 3 January 2013)
      Critics suggest that Fernández, an unashamed populist and nationalist, is seeking to deflect attention from social disharmony at home.
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