|Origin:||deflectere 'to bend down, turn away'|
1 [intransitive and transitive]
if someone or something deflects something that is moving, or if it deflects, it turns in a different direction:
He deflected the blow with his forearm.
to do something to stop people paying attention to you, criticizing you etc
to take someone's attention away from something
deflect somebody from (doing) something
Nothing can deflect me from reaching my goal.