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  1. [verb] prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
    Synonyms: debar, obviate, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward off

  2. [verb] turn from a straight course , fixed direction, or line of interest
    Synonyms: bend, turn away

  3. [verb] turn aside
    Synonyms: deviate

  4. [verb] draw someone's attention away from something; "The thief distracted the bystanders"; "He deflected his competitors"
    Synonyms: distract

  5. [verb] impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack"
    Synonyms: parry, block


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