- [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
- [verb] turn from a straight course , fixed direction, or line of interest
Synonyms: bend, turn away
- [verb] turn aside
- [verb] draw someone's attention away from something; "The thief distracted the bystanders"; "He deflected his competitors"
- [verb] impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack"
Synonyms: parry, block