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What is another word for deflect?

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To turn or cause to turn aside from a course
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“All free-moving objects seem to deflect from a straight-line path because the earth rotates under them.”
To ricochet or glance off a surface
“There was a large tree hanging over it, and to play it well you had to figure out which way the ball would deflect off the branches.”
To repel or defend against something, typically an attack
“They wore mirrored armor that would deflect a number of shots until the enamel wore off and only plain steel lay beneath.”
To divert or distract (someone) from a main issue or course of action
“There are times when you may have to deflect questions that are too sensitive or personal.”
To avert the occurrence of by taking preventative action
To avoid, deflect, or ward off (an attack, a blow, an argument, etc)
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To divert one's mind or attention (to something else)
To speak in opposition to
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