Synonyms for (verb) deflect

Synonyms: block, deflect, parry

Definition: impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)

Usage: block an attack

Similar words: fence

Definition: fight with fencing swords


Synonyms: deflect, distract

Definition: draw someone's attention away from something

Usage: The thief distracted the bystanders; He deflected his competitors

Similar words: flurry, put off, disconcert, confuse

Definition: cause to feel embarrassment

Usage: The constant attention of the young man confused her


Synonyms: deflect

Definition: turn aside and away from an initial or intended course

Similar words: turn

Definition: change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

Usage: Turn towards me; The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face; She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs


Synonyms: bend, deflect, turn away

Definition: turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest

Similar words: turn

Definition: change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

Usage: Turn towards me; The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face; She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs


Synonyms: forefend, forfend, fend off, stave off, avert, avoid, obviate, debar, deflect, ward off, head off

Definition: prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

Usage: Let's avoid a confrontation; head off a confrontation; avert a strike

Similar words: forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent

Definition: keep from happening or arising; make impossible

Usage: My sense of tact forbids an honest answer; Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project