November 07, 2020
Learner's Word of the Day
deflect /dɪˈflɛkt/ verb
deflect
/dɪˈflɛkt/
verb

deflects; deflected; deflecting

The goalie is deflecting the ball away from the net.
The goalie is deflecting the ball away from the net.
Learner's definition of DEFLECT

1 a [+ object] : to cause (something that is moving) to change direction

  • armor that can deflect bullets

  • The goalie deflected the ball with his hands.

b [no object] : to hit something and suddenly change direction

  • The ball deflected off the goalie's shoulder.

2 [+ object] : to keep (something, such as a question) from affecting or being directed at a person or thing

  • She's skilled at deflecting [=avoiding] questions/criticism.

  • They are trying to deflect attention from the troubled economy.

  • The blame was deflected from the chairman.

Get Learner's Word of the Day daily email!
More Learner's Words of the Day
Subscribe