Need another word that means the same as “deflect”? Find 21 synonyms and 30 related words for “deflect” in this overview.
The synonyms of “Deflect” are: bend, turn away, distract, avert, avoid, debar, fend off, forefend, forfend, head off, obviate, stave off, ward off, block, parry, turn aside, divert, sidetrack, bounce, glance, ricochet
Deflect as a Verb
Definitions of "Deflect" as a verb
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “deflect” as a verb can have the following definitions:
- Turn aside and away from an initial or intended course.
- Cause (something) to change orientation.
- Cause (something) to change direction; turn aside from a straight course.
- Turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest.
- Cause (someone) to deviate from an intended purpose.
- (of an object) change direction after hitting something.
- Impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball.
- Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening.
- Draw someone's attention away from something.
Synonyms of "Deflect" as a verb (21 Words)
|avert||Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening.|
Talks failed to avert a rail strike.
|avoid||Contrive not to meet (someone.|
This route avoids downtown Boston.
|bend||Bend one s back forward from the waist on down.|
Poppies bending in the wind.
|block||Run on a block system.|
The government tried to block an agreement on farm subsidies.
|bounce||Hit something so that it bounces.|
The ex boxer s job is to bounce people who want to enter this private club.
|debar||Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening.|
They were debarred entry to the port.
|distract||Disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed.|
Horror and doubt distract His troubl d thoughts.
|divert||Reallocate (money or resources) to a different purpose.|
More of their advertising budget was diverted into promotions.
|fend off||Try to manage without help.|
|forefend||Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening.|
|forfend||Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening.|
The fiend forfend said the grim Earl.
|glance||Throw a glance at take a brief look at.|
She only glanced at the paper.
|head off||To go or travel towards.|
|obviate||Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening.|
The presence of roller blinds obviated the need for curtains.
|parry||Answer (a question or accusation) evasively.|
He parried questions from reporters outside the building.
|ricochet||Appear to move with a series of ricochets.|
They fired off a couple of rounds ricocheting the bullets against a wall.
|sidetrack||Divert (a well or borehole) to reach a productive deposit or to avoid an obstruction.|
The effort at reform has been sidetracked for years.
|stave off||Kill intentionally and with premeditation.|
|turn aside||To send or let go.|
|turn away||Shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel.|
|ward off||Watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect.|
Usage Examples of "Deflect" as a verb
- The compass needle is deflected from magnetic north by metal in the aircraft.
- The bullet was deflected harmlessly into the ceiling.
- The ball deflected off Knight's body.
- He attempted to deflect attention away from his private life.
- She refused to be deflected from anything she had set her mind on.
- He deflected his competitors.
Associations of "Deflect" (30 Words)
|apophasis||Mentioning something by saying it will not be mentioned.|
|avert||Prevent or ward off (an undesirable occurrence.|
She averted her eyes while we made stilted conversation.
|avoid||Not go to or through (a place.|
Avoid excessive exposure to the sun.
|bypass||An alternative channel created during a bypass operation.|
A manager might bypass formal channels of communication.
|carriage||A small vehicle with four wheels in which a baby or child is pushed around.|
A horse drawn carriage.
He s circumvented her with some of his stories.
|circumvention||The act of evading by going around.|
Circumvention of the rules undermines any fairness.
|derail||Run off or leave the rails.|
The train derailed because a cow was standing on the tracks.
|deter||Try to prevent; show opposition to.|
Only a health problem would deter him from seeking re election.
|detour||Avoid by taking a detour.|
He had made a detour to a cafe.
|deviate||A person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior.|
Those who deviate from society s values.
|digress||Wander from a direct or straight course.|
She always digresses when telling a story.
|dodge||The dodging of a bell in change-ringing.|
Marchers had to dodge missiles thrown by loyalists.
|elude||Escape, either physically or mentally.|
The logic of this eluded most people.
|escape||Escape potentially unpleasant consequences get away with a forbidden action.|
That was a narrow escape.
|eschew||Deliberately avoid using; abstain from.|
He appealed to the crowd to eschew violence.
|evade||Use cunning or deceit to escape or avoid.|
Sleep still evaded her.
|foreclose||Subject to foreclosing procedures; take away the right of mortgagors to redeem their mortgage.|
The bank was threatening to foreclose on his mortgage.
|forestall||Buy up (goods) in order to profit by an enhanced price.|
He would have spoken but David forestalled him.
|forfend||Protect (something) by precautionary measures.|
The sacrifice of Mississippi was forfended against even the treason of Wilkinson.
|hinder||Hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of.|
The hinder part of a carcass.
|obviate||Avoid or prevent (something undesirable.|
The presence of roller blinds obviated the need for curtains.
|ostracize||(in ancient Greece) banish (an unpopular or overly powerful citizen) from a city for five or ten years by popular vote.|
She was declared a witch and ostracized by the villagers.
|parry||An act of parrying something.|
The swords clashed in a parry.
|preclude||Prevent from happening; make impossible.|
Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project.
|shun||Persistently avoid, ignore, or reject (someone or something) through antipathy or caution.|
He shunned fashionable society.
|sidestep||A step taken sideways, typically to avoid someone or something.|
A boxercise workout that incorporates an intricate combination of sidesteps with left and right hooks.
Some patients have diseases that go undiagnosed and therefore untreated.
|veer||A sudden change of direction.|
The motorbike veered to the right.
|wagon||A railway freight vehicle; a truck.|
A chip wagon.