- 1[intransitive, transitive] to change direction or make something change direction, especially after hitting something The ball deflected off Reid's body into the goal. deflect something He raised his arm to try to deflect the blow. The defender nearly deflected the ball into his own net.
- 2[transitive] deflect something to succeed in preventing something from being directed towards you synonym divert All attempts to deflect attention from his private life have failed. She sought to deflect criticism by blaming her family. The government is seeking to deflect attention away from this problem.
- 3[transitive] deflect somebody (from something) to prevent somebody from doing something that they are determined to do The government will not be deflected from its commitments. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin deflectere, from de-
BrE BrE//dɪˈflekt//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈflekt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they deflect
BrE BrE//dɪˈflekt//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈflekt//he / she / it deflects
BrE BrE//dɪˈflekts//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈflekts//past simple deflected
BrE BrE//dɪˈflektɪd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈflektɪd//past participle deflected
BrE BrE//dɪˈflektɪd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈflektɪd//-ing form deflecting
BrE BrE//dɪˈflektɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈflektɪŋ//