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deflect

[dih-flekt] /dɪˈflɛkt/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to bend or turn aside; turn from a true course or straight line; swerve.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Latin dēflectere to bend down, turn aside, equivalent to dē- de- + flectere to bend, turn
Related forms
deflectable, adjective
deflector, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for deflect

deflect

/dɪˈflɛkt/
verb
1.
to turn or cause to turn aside from a course; swerve
Derived Forms
deflector, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēflectere, from flectere to bend
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Word Origin and History for deflect
v.

1550s, from Latin deflectere "to bend (something) aside or downward," from de- "away" (see de-) + flectere "to bend" (see flexible). Originally transitive, the intransitive sense is first recorded 1640s. Related: Deflected; deflecting.

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