- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to change direction or make something change direction, especially after hitting something The puck deflected off Lemieux's stick into the goal. deflect something He raised his arm to try to deflect the blow.
- 2[transitive] deflect something to succeed in preventing something from being directed toward you synonym divert All attempts to deflect attention from his private life have failed. She sought to deflect criticism by blaming her family.
- 3[transitive] deflect somebody (from something) to prevent someone from doing something that they are determined to do The government will not be deflected from its commitments.
NAmE//dɪˈflɛkt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they deflect
he / she / it deflects
past simple deflected
-ing form deflecting