1. Prevent the occurrence of;
    Prevent from happening (synset 202458770)
    "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
  2. Turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest (synset 202038145)
  3. Turn aside and away from an initial or intended course (synset 202037650)
  4. Draw someone's attention away from something (synset 201795785)
    "The thief distracted the bystanders"; "He deflected his competitors"
  5. Impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball) (synset 201149526)
    "block an attack"

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