Synonyms for (verb) deflect

block, deflect, parry

impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)

block an attack

LESS SPECIFIC: fence


deflect, distract

draw someone's attention away from something

The thief distracted the bystanders; He deflected his competitors

LESS SPECIFIC: flurry, put off, disconcert, confuse


deflect

turn aside and away from an initial or intended course

LESS SPECIFIC: turn


bend, deflect, turn away

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

LESS SPECIFIC: turn


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

prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

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