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deflect

[ dih-flekt ]
/ dɪˈflɛkt /
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verb (used with or without object)
to bend or turn aside; turn from a true course or straight line; swerve.
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Origin of deflect

1545–55; <Latin dēflectere to bend down, turn aside, equivalent to dē-de- + flectere to bend, turn

OTHER WORDS FROM deflect

de·flect·a·ble, adjectivede·flec·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for deflect

deflect
/ (dɪˈflɛkt) /

verb
to turn or cause to turn aside from a course; swerve

Derived forms of deflect

deflector, noun

Word Origin for deflect

C17: from Latin dēflectere, from flectere to bend
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