- (transitive) To make (something) deviate from its original path.
- (transitive, ball games) To touch the ball, often unwittingly, after a shot or a sharp pass, thereby making it unpredictable for the other players.
- The defender deflected the cross into his own net.
- (intransitive) To deviate from its original path.
- (transitive, figuratively) To avoid addressing (questions, criticism, etc.).
- Synonym: elude
- The Prime Minister deflected some increasingly pointed questions by claiming he had an appointment.
- (transitive, figuratively) To divert (attention, etc.).
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to make deviate
to make a ball unpredictable
to avoid addressing questions, criticism etc.