1. [ verb ] draw someone's attention away from something
Synonyms: distract draw_away

"The thief distracted the bystanders" "He deflected his competitors"

Related terms: confuse distraction
2. [ verb ] turn aside
Synonyms: deviate
Related terms: turn diversion deflector
3. [ verb ] turn from a straight course , fixed direction, or line of interest
Synonyms: turn_away bend
Related terms: turn diversion
4. [ verb ] prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
Synonyms: avoid avert stave_off head_off ward_off obviate fend_off debar

"Let's avoid a confrontation" "head off a confrontation" "avert a strike"

Related terms: prevent obviation
5. [ verb ] (sport) impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball), as in sports or fights
Synonyms: parry block

"block an attack"

Related terms: fence blocking blocker counterpunch
Similar spelling:   deflector