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Definition of deflect:

  1. To cause to turn aside; to bend; as, rays of light are often deflected.
  2. To turn aside; to deviate from a right or a horizontal line, or from a proper position, course or direction; to swerve.

Synonyms:

hinder, exclude, turn down, head off, void, debar, obviate, swing, block up, avoid, blank out, draw a blank, turn, reject, evade, elude, block off, straight, nullify, circumvent, immobilise, impede, halt, embarrass, mold, stop, change, crouch, turn away, ward off, avert, stoop, influence, invalidate, duck, quash, deform, sidestep, obturate, lug, blockade, stave off, pivot, deviate, jam, disorder, forfend, disquiet, angle, yield, twine, stymy, immobilize, unhinge, parry, trouble, eliminate, dodge, rid of, freeze, stymie, bend, suspend, annul, put off, incline, perturb, kibosh, stuff, hedge, skirt, submit, distract, persuade, fend off, barricade, refuse, fudge, occlude, obstruct, close up, block, forget, forefend, choke up, cark, bias, keep off.

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