Meaning of “deflect” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “deflect” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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deflectverb [ T ]

us /dɪˈflekt/

to cause something to change direction, or to suddenly go in a different direction:

The ionosphere deflects radio waves.
fig. The mayor deflected (= did not answer directly) questions about his political plans.
noun [ U ] us /dɪˈflek·ʃən/

(Definition of “deflect” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)