deflect has definitions from the field of sport
1
[ verb ] draw someone's attention away from something

Synonyms

distract draw_away

Examples

"The thief distracted the bystanders" "He deflected his competitors"

Related terms

confuse distraction

2
[ verb ] turn aside

Synonyms

deviate

Related terms

turn diversion deflector

3
[ verb ] turn from a straight course , fixed direction, or line of interest

Synonyms

turn_away bend

Related terms

turn diversion

4
[ verb ] prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

Examples

"Let's avoid a confrontation" "head off a confrontation" "avert a strike"

Related terms

prevent obviation

5
[ verb ] (sport) impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball), as in sports or fights

Synonyms

parry block

Examples

"block an attack"

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