deflect Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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deflectverb [I or T]

uk   us   /dɪˈflekt/
to (​cause to) ​changedirection, or to ​prevent something from being ​directed at you: The ​ball deflected off my ​shoulder, ​straight into the ​goal. The ​crowdcheered as the ​goalkeeper deflected the shot. He deflected the ​ball away from the ​goal. The ​primeminister deflected ​mounting criticism today by ​announcingtaxcuts.
(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 ​changedirection, or to ​suddenly go in a different ​direction: The ionosphere deflects ​radiowaves. fig. The ​mayor deflected (= did not ​answerdirectly)questions about his ​politicalplans.
noun [U]  us   /dɪˈflek·ʃən/
(Definition of deflect from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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