1. to turn aside, especially from a straight course or fixed direction; 2. to prevent something from happening; 3. to draw a person’s attention away from something
– Mary deflected Jim’s question about the missing report by bringing up the issue of the hiring committee’s lack of resolution.
– A space defense system would scan the skies for possible danger and deflect any asteroids on a collision course with the earth.
– The goalie deflected the goal that would have won the game for the opposing team.
We deflected the controversy with a carefully executed publicity campaign.
divert, deviate, bend, diverge,
accept, continue, encourage
1. deep in intellect or insight; 2. intense; 3. from or extending to a depth; 4. complete or pervasive
– Einstein is known for his profound understanding of the complexities of relativity.
– The tragic accident caused profound sadness throughout the community.
– He had profound respect for his predecessor and hoped he could adequately fill his shoes.
– The speaker made several profound statements that made the audience really think.
deep, intense, penetrating, poignant